What Schools can do:
Doses of prevention throughout the year
Host a parent education forum. For help in finding speakers and topics please contact Shari Crow at 530-889-7238 or via E-mail at SCrow@placer.ca.gov
Inform parents of prevention resources through school newsletters. For prevention ideas for parents visit our “Prevention for Parents” page here.
Distribute “the parent pledge” whenever possible.
Contact Shari Crow at 530-889-7238 or via E-mail at SCrow@placer.ca.gov
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Evidence Based bullying prevention:
PeaceBuilders is a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for grades pre-K to 12. Its essence is a common language – six principles, taught, modeled and practiced. These same principles set behavioral expectations, reduce aggression, and transform the climate and culture of any environment to one which is cooperative, productive, and academically successful.
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us; the E sounds like a long A) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high or high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. Schools are also gathering data about OBPP implementation at the High School level. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.
Substance abuse is rare, but ocassionally does occur, in the elementary school years. Students who get involved in dangerous behaviors at this early age have a dismal future unless someone intervenes. Assure your staff is trained in the signs and symptoms of substance use and what steps to take to help the student.
Generally parents are much more involved in their childrens lives at this age than they will be in later grades. This is a good time to begin educating parents on what they can do to reduce the odds their teen will use alcohol or other drugs. Learn what you should be telling parents about substance abuse prevention by visiting our “Prevention for Parents” page here.
THE GOOD BEHAVIOR GAME:
At age 13 the Good Behavior Game reduced initiation of smoking by 26% and of hard drugs by more than half. At age 19 it increased the likelihood of high school graduation by 21% and of college attendance by 62%.
Learn more about the Good Behavior Game here.
Local data indicates 10% of seventh graders are already regular drinkers. They are beginning to experiment with other substances as well.
Schools can aid in prevention by distributing “Navigating The Teen Years” to all new middle school parents.
Get your copies for free here:
SAMHSA store for Navigating the Teen Years.
Learn the signs and symptoms and have a school policy for dealing with students that are under the influence as school.
Review your school policies to assure there are consistent consequences for substance abuse.
In the US 10% of high school students have a substance abuse disorder, and 94% of those are going untreated. Train your confidential staff in SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) to increase the odds that teens displaying risky behaviors will get the help they need.
Students in the classroom who are under the influence of substances set a bad example for the majority of students who are clean and sober. It creates a more difficult classroom environment for the teachers. Develop and enforce consistent policies to assure students displaying risky behaviors will get the help they need.
Clear consistent consequences for substance use is a great deterent. Assure you school has policies that discourage student substance use both on and off campus.
Is a one day program targeted at 10th grade students before they begin to drive.
Alcohol-Edu for High School
Is a web based alcohol education program designed for 9th grade students. It can be offered as part of the 9th grade health class, or required as a prerequisite for participation in school activities.
• Undermines acceptance of underage drinking: The percentage of students reporting that drinking alcohol is never acceptable for people under the age of 21 increased significantly from 37.8% at baseline to 47.5% after completing the course (p < .001). • Reduces Underage Drinking: The percentage of students who reported not drinking was significantly higher among students completing the course than among the control group (76.7% vs. 73.9%, p < .001). In addition, the percentage of students who reported that they drink and see no need to change their alcohol use was significantly lower among students completing the course than among the control group (13.1% vs. 14.7%, p < .001). • Reduces riding with an intoxicated driver: The percentage of students reporting they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking decreased significantly from 27.1% at baseline to 23.5% after completing the course (p < .001).