Engaging Parents as Partners in Education
Parent Tip Sheet – December 2019
Our safe schools arrival program sends parents notifications when their child has missed a day of school. Sometimes our attendance counsellors reach out to our students and their parents in order to explore with them the barriers and possible solutions for alternate options if necessary.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. By encouraging attendance, you are helping your child build relationships and academic achievement. Start building this habit early so that your children learn that going to school on time and every day matters.
Plan ahead, don’tdrink and drive
With the festive season upon us it is important to remember to plan ahead for a safe ride home. Office parties, family gatherings, and get togethers with friends to celebrate require pre-planning to ensure that no one drives impaired – by alcohol or drugs.
Do your part to help keep our roadways safe!
Trends in substance use
Most children and youth do not use drugs or tobacco products; but some do experiment or turn to them as a way of dealing with stress and anxiety. Trends in drug use change over time. An emerging trend is e-cigarettes or vaping devices that are used to heat substances such as nicotine, cannabis or other drugs. The vapours produced can be inhaled through the mouth.
Current research suggests that e-cigarette and vaping products may be enticing to youth, could lead to nicotine addiction, and normalize smoking. By talking to your child about these risks early and often, you can help them to build healthy decision making skills, avoid substance use, and develop healthy coping skills.
Find out more at the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website, or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website.
Sleepover fire safety
If your child is planning to sleep over with a friend, make sure the home is safe from fire.
Here are some things to consider before you say yes:
- Do they have a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out and a meeting place outside?
- Will the children be supervised throughout the stay?
- If the home has security bars, do they have quick release devices inside so your child can get out in an emergency?
- Are there two escape routes from the room where your child will be sleeping?
- Will the parents walk through their escape plan with your child?
- Are the parents cautious with smoking materials, matches and lighters, and candles?