PARENT/GUARDIAN ROLE IN ALCOHOL AND DRUG PREVENTION
Concord Academy believes that it is important that parents/guardians subscribe to the following goals that speak to the issues of alcohol and other drug use by our young people. Parents are concerned about the use of alcohol by students and the social acceptability of its use. The following goals have been developed for parents as a guide for discussion and as a foundation for community agreement.
As parents/guardians, we will:
- Become informed about the facts of alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and other drugs so that we can discuss these substances credibly with our children.
- Develop and communicate to our children a clear position about alcohol and other drug use.
- Promote and encourage creative social activities without alcohol and other drugs.
- Not serve alcohol to other people’s children, high school age or younger, or allow young people to bring alcohol or other drugs into our homes.
- Support school and law enforcement policies regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs by young people. This includes an understanding of the jurisdiction of the school in these matters. The school’s policy, as outlined in the Handbook, states “The school’s primary interest regarding alcohol and other drugs is to help students avoid their use, and to maintain health and well-being. The school considers any recreational use of alcohol or other drugs—whether on or off campus, by day students or by boarding students—to be subject to the school’s disciplinary code.”
- Endorse the implementation of comprehensive and meaningful alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs for all students.
In addition, parents/guardians will:
- Take responsibility for our own children and be concerned for the welfare of others.
- Set a responsible example for our children.
- Attempt to resist all forms of negative peer pressure and encourage our children to do likewise.
- Help our children develop healthy concepts of themselves and effective problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills.
- Not sponsor or condone activities we or our children are unable to control (such as parties with limited or no adult supervision).
- Communicate openly with other parents/guardians to establish a sense of community and to provide support in giving consistent messages to our young people.
Note that Sally Zimmerli, Dean of Students, and Jeff Desjarlais, Director of Student Support Services, or any of the school nurses and counselors are available for consultation with parents/guardians and students on a variety of matters, including alcohol and drug-related issues. They can be reached at school at the phone numbers listed in the directory.