June 6, 2018 – Last weekend, SD62 lost a member of our student community to a drug over dose. Along with many of our students and staff, we are sad and shocked. On behalf of all of our 26 schools, we send our thoughts and condolences to the grieving family and friends.
We have put out an offer of support for students and staff effected by this tragedy. We know this is a difficult time and encourage parents/guardians to sit down and have honest conversations about substance use. It can be uncomfortable for some, but it’s so important. Our aim is to provide an opportunity for parents, teachers and positive members of community to offer education and early intervention to prevent harm.
In our schools, we encourage students to make healthy choices by maintaining good relationships and having conversations with peers, parents and adults. We hope that you can encourage this at home as well. This includes conversations about decisions around substance use, including alcohol, medications and other drugs.
Here are some tips on how to start the conversation:
Keep the lines of communication open and have honest and non-judgemental conversations with your teen—this will create trust and encourage openness
Approach the conversation with curiosity and interest
Ask for their opinions
Focus on your concerns for their safety
Know the facts about the drug
Understand and address your own fears before starting the conversation
While we understand that this may not be a comfortable conversation to have with your children, we encourage you to talk with your son or daughter about any questions and/or feelings they may have about drug and alcohol use. Please take a moment to read the attached documents for more information.
We understand that students learn in many different ways. By approaching these types of conversations holistically, we hope that our students/your children will have the tools they need to make healthy behavioral choices. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any concerns about your child’s response or behavior to these types of conversations.