Todd Beamer

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    The second semester has started and this is an opportune time for a fresh start! Students have the opportunity to improve their grades improve their study habits. Please have a conversation with your young adult about the importance of staying on top of their grades, attending classes and ultimately graduation!

     

    Speaking of conversations, I want to take a moment and address the national epidemic of youth vaping/e-cigarettes and smoking. As we know youth smoking has been a national challenge for decades and now the addition of vaping is concerning. At TBHS we take this very seriously and want to share what we have done and will continue to do.

     

    • Visibility: The administrative team is visible throughout the school and monitors hallways and common areas
    • Hall Pass Policy: Students are required to have a pass when out of class during instructional time; No passes are allowed the first 20 & last 10 min of class.
    • Bathroom Safety Checks: While respecting student privacy, we regularly check bathrooms for safety and security
    • Consequences: Depending on the circumstances, there are a range of consequences for violating school rules. These could include: lunch detention, In-School Suspension, or Out of School Suspension. In each case, we will always contact parents/guardians
    • Prevention: We partner with students and families and discuss the dangers of vaping and smoking. Further, our counselors partner with Consejo Youth Counseling to provide targeted counseling services for students

     

     

    School safety is our number one commitment, and we believe that strong partnership and communication with families is essential to support our students to make healthy choices and be successful at TBHS and beyond.

     

     

    How can you help?

     

    The following tips and information comes from Kidshealth.org. Visit the website for additional information and resources.

     

    How Do I Know if My Child Is Vaping?

    Start by asking your child in a nonjudgmental, concerned way if they have tried vaping. You want to encourage conversation, not shut it down. Even if you don’t think your kids vape, talk about it with them anyway so they know it’s unhealthy.

    Signs of vaping include:

    • new health issues such as coughing or wheezing
    • e-cigarette supplies, like cartridges or other suspicious looking items
    • new smells (some flavorings are banned, but others are in nicotine and marijuana vapes — so parents might notice fruity or sweet scents)

    What Should I Do if My Child Vapes?

    Your child will need your help and support to quit. Help them find the motivation to stop vaping. You might want to talk about:

    • wanting to be the best, healthiest version of themselves
    • not wanting to be addicted
    • avoiding health effects including impotence and decreased sports performance
    • not wanting to increase anxiety or depression
    • saving money
    • going against advertising that targets young people

    Some people use vaping to curb their appetite, but there’s no proof that vaping helps with weight loss. If you think this is why your child vapes, talk to them about healthier ways to stay at a healthy weight or lose weight.

    How Can Kids and Teens Quit Vaping?

    For those who want to quit, it can help to:

    • Decide why they want to quit and write it down or put it in their phone. They can look at the reason(s) when they feel the urge to vape.
    • Pick a day to stop vaping. They can put it on the calendar and tell supportive friends and family that they're quitting on that day.
    • For some people, chewing sugar-free gum or lollipops can help distract them from cravings.
    • Get rid of all vaping supplies.
    • Download tools (such as apps and texting programs) to their phone that can help with cravings and give encouragement while they're trying to stop vaping. Truth Initiative’s This Is Quitting texting program, for example, can help young people quit vaping. Smokefree.gov also offers free apps and other tools that can help someone trying to quit smoking or vaping.
    • Understand withdrawal. Nicotine addiction leads to very strong cravings for nicotine, especially in the first few days after stopping. It also can lead to headaches; feeling tired, cranky, angry, or depressed; trouble concentrating or sleeping; hunger; and restlessness. These problems get better over the following days and weeks.

    More information may be found at Kidshealth.org

     

    Thank you!

    Chris McCrummen

    Principal

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