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From the Chair… Christine E. O’Connor
In an effort to keep our community informed and reduce confusion about important topics, I am providing frequent updates and factual information on timely topics affecting the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). Recently, I’ve heard a lot about proms and senior week in Ocean City. Please share safety-related information with students and parents:
We are in the middle of prom season and all Howard County public high schools offer after-prom activities, sponsored by the schools’ parent-teacher associations. Both prom attendees and non-attenders are welcome to participate in safe after-prom festivities. Some students have been involved in raising funds for these events through programs such as the community-sponsored Howard County Invitational Swim Meet.
The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) partners with HC DrugFree to promote alcohol/drug safety, and HC DrugFree makes presentations for parents & teens at high schools throughout the year. They involve students in promoting alcohol/drug safety in the schools through their Teen Advisory Group. HC DrugFree sponsors an HC DrugFree category in the HCPSS-sponsored HoCo Film Fest (student-created film competition).
Here are a few “Tips to Keep Teens Safe on Prom Night” by guest blogger and Howard County DrugFree president Joan Webb Scornaienchi. And here are some HCPSS Resources for Parents concerned about children and alcohol abuse.
After Graduation …
I know everyone encourages young people to “play it safe” during senior week activities. Similar to the Howard County activities, the “Play It Safe” program in Ocean City sponsors special alcohol and drug-free events in June for high school graduates celebrating on the shore. The Play It Safe program web page has information for parents and students.
HC DrugFree held “Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City” sessions for parents and teens this spring. Check HCPSS News for announcements of any additional sessions.
There are many safety-related issues to consider before parents agree to allow their seniors to spend a week unsupervised anywhere. At the beach, we need to talk with teens about water safety, using crosswalks to safely cross highways, discouraging underage drinking and taking advantage of safe activities and services, including the $5 Senior Week bus pass in Ocean City.
Let’s work together to ensure students have a safe, healthy and happy end to the school year.
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