VOLUME 1 2009
SAFE & DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS
ADDRESSING THE PREVENTION EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF
ST. JOHNS COUNTY STUDENTS.
“Parents have the most influence on their children when it comes to
using drugs.” The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
St. Johns County School District
Prevention Plan for School Year 09-10
specialists from the National Guard’s Services, PACT Prevention
Drug Demand Reduction Unit will Coalition, Betty Griffin House,
deliver the ten lesson program. Project SOS, Department of
Students learn the consequences of Health, and the Sheriff’s
alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, Office.
stress management skills, normative
behavior, decision-making skills, goal- A focus on bullying
setting skills, communication skills, prevention is a high priority
and knowledge of the influence of in our district at all grade
media on substance abuse. levels with bullying prevention
education integrated into the
High School freshmen will receive curriculum.
health and prevention information in
the required HOPE course for 9th The district has a
grade students. The district’s Safe comprehensive policy
Elementary Schools will continue and Drug-Free Schools Coordinator prohibiting bullying and
to integrate the district adopted will work with the Sheriff’s Office to harassment that can be found
comprehensive health curriculum, collaborate on the underage drinking on the district’s Safe and
Growing Healthy, in grades K-5 and campaign “The Party’s Over. Drug-Free Schools website.
integrate bullying prevention Also on this website are forms
education at all grade levels. for reporting bullying
Community Collaborations are an
integral part of the school district
Middle Schools will implement prevention program. Our community
Race Against Drugs prevention collaborations emphasize positive
program to 6th grade students. Race health decisions, drug prevention, and
Against Drugs provides the bullying and violence prevention.
information for a comprehensive Collaborating partners include the
prevention program. Trained National Guard, EPIC Community
Parents Have An GREAT
Important Role In WEBSITES
Teen Prevention. PARENTS
A Whole New World (13-15 years old)
This is a time of great change for kids. They are going through the adolescent years
and trying to get a feel for their interests, friends and where they fit in the world. Teens
may try out different clothing styles, musical interests, friends and hobbies. It’s
important to continue to reach out and connect with your child although they may not
want to be around you as much as before.
The early teens are often an emotional time for many teens. They may have a shaky
self-image and constantly wonder whether they are okay or if they measure up. Being
available to offer strong emotional support as well as being a good model of adult Parents. The Anti-Drug
behavior is especially important at this stage. http://www.theantidrug.com/
This may be a time for experimenting with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Your child’s This is a great website for parents to
decision to experiment can be affected by a number of things including how risky they visit. It has advice and information in
perceive alcohol, tobacco or other drug use to be, as well as their perceptions of how an interacting format.
common it is to use drugs. Ensure your child has a good understanding of the real risks
associated with alcohol, tobacco or other drug use.
Partnership for a Drug-Free
Challenge the notion that ‘everyone drinks or uses drugs’. According to the 2008 America
Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, 14.9% of students in grade 7 report alcohol use http://www.drugfree.org/Parent/
in the past 30 days and less than 5% report marijuana use. In grade 9 that number
jumped to around 30% for alcohol use and less than 13% for marijuana use. While Excellent resource for parents.
there is a big increase between grades 7 and 9, the numbers clearly show that Useful and updated information to
‘everyone’ does not use alcohol or marijuana. connect parents with their kids.
Get to know your child’s friends as well as their parents. Share your expectations about
behaviors and develop consistent expectations and rules around curfews, un- Stop Underage Drinking
chaperoned parties and other social activities. An important point for parents is to http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov
monitor your child’s activities. Knowing where your kids are and with whom they /default.aspx
associate with has been known to decrease the chances of kids becoming involved in
problematic substance use. A federal resource for information on
Almost Adults (16-18 years old)
Many teens at this age are very independent and may spend much of their time with SAMHSA Alert: Teens and
peers or dating partners. Parents still play an important role at this age as they Underage Drinking
transition from the responsibilities of teenage years to young adulthood. The transition http://family.samhsa.gov/get/Alc
out of high school can be difficult for many teens and it’s important that parents continue oholAwareness.aspx
to offer emotional support and guidance.
A federal resource containing good
Many teens at this age choose to use alcohol or marijuana. According to the 2008 topics to help parents raise a healthy
Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, around 60% of youth in grade 12 report having and drug-free child.
used alcohol in the past 30 days. Less than 26% of grade 12 students report marijuana
use. Although the percentages are high, it is apparent that everyone in high school
does not use alcohol or marijuana. It’s important that parents provide messages about Stop Bullying Now
the risks of problematic substance use as well as the dangers of mixing alcohol or other http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.
drugs with driving. Parents also need to emphasize that although their child is almost gov/adult/indexAdult.asp
an adult, it is illegal to smoke marijuana or drink alcohol under the age of 21.
Website from the Department of
Health and Human Services with
CARBC. (2006). Experimentation versus problem substance use – how to tell if your teen is at risk.
U.S. Department of Education. (1992). Growing up drug free: A parent’s guide to prevention. information on bullying.
Government of U.S.A.: Washington D.C.
2008 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.