Afterschool Concerns

 

Desert Ridge Community:

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 KRQE Channel 13 ran a story which showed our school and community in a negative light.On Friday, September 10, there was a fight after school, in the arroyo off Anaheim between Barstow and Wyoming.There were students present at the fight and it was recorded and posted on YouTube by one of the students.The students depicted in the video, both those fighting and those who were watching who could be identified, were disciplined.

The news report brings to light two issues: knowing what our children are doing after school and how they are using their cell phones.A majority of our students ride the bus, are picked up by parents, bike or walk home after school daily as expected. They have earned your trust to make appropriate decisions of knowing where they should or should not be.Cliff’fs Amusement Park ran an advertisement this summer stating, “If you don’t entertain them, they will entertain themselves.”I believe this statement is accurate.Allowing children, at any age, to be unsupervised in unstructured activities will inevitably have negative consequences; they need to know your expectations of where they are to spend their time after school.

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Please take a few minutes this evening to discuss with your child where you want them to be and put in place procedures for them to follow.They are reaching an age where they want their freedom, but they are also middle school students and need your guidance.

The second issue is the use of phones.Please establish norms so that you are checking your child’s phone for messages, videos and texts.They are very skilled in the use of technology which creates several opportunities for inappropriate things to occur.Please refer to the APS policy on cell phones at the APS web page. Below is the policy in sum:

 a. Possessing, viewing, sending or sharing video or audio information having sexual, violent or threatening content on school grounds, school events or school busses is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the personal technology device while the student is:   on school grounds, at school sponsored events, or on school buses or other vehicles provided by APS

 b. Transmitting school materials for unethical purposes such as cheating.

We all love our children–please love them enough to have in place guidelines and defined limits.Your children are learning to make choices.Helping them know where they should or shouldn’t be is a learned skill.These skills that they are developing will serve them well when they are in a situation where they need to make the right choice.

Thank you for all of your support and the time that you put into raising your children.They need you and your wisdom daily.

Sincerely,

Troy Hughes, Principal