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Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) News

 

Suicide Prevention - Concerns about "13 Reasons Why"

In an effort to educate parents and our community about media available to our young students, the Tamalpais Union High School District distributed the following message related to the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" which includes graphic depictions of bullying, sexual assault, rape and suicide. This series in particular has raised concerns related to the potential for "copycat" incidents and potentially serving as a trigger for those students who may have had similar experiences involving sexual assault, bullying, etc.

The letter includes a variety of resources and signs of distress that may be helpful to families.

13 Reasons Why - Suicide Prevention Community Ltr

13 Reasons Why - Suicide Prevention Community Ltr. Spanish

 

State Budget Workshop

On March 29, MCOE hosted a workshop focused on the Governor's proposed state budget. Joel Montero, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, presented information related to how schools will be impacted and the current state of the economy. The workshop was recorded and can be viewed at: State Budget Workshop 

 

Request for Proposals for Consolidation Feasibility Study

The Marin COE is seeking proposals from qualified firms to perform a feasibility study for the consolidation/reorganization of two Marin County school districts. The scope of the study will be to determine the financial and operational feasibility of consolidating the Sausalito Marin City School District and the Mill Valley School District.

Proposals are due on April 12, 2017

Request for Proposals

 

Parents: Be the Voice for a Safe and Successful Future

By Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools

March 12, 2017

Less than a year ago, Central Marin Police intercepted a planned excursion by a group of teenagers that could have ended in tragedy. A teen-rented party bus, containing 30 containers of hard alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, was prevented from taking its planned six-hour tour with the under aged crowd.  Recently, the driver of the bus, who was arrested for possession of his own drug paraphernalia and a switchblade, pled guilty to misdemeanor charges.

The “closure” of this incident is a strong reminder that our community must remain vigilant in educating our teens about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. Parents must take a strong stance to protect their teens from making irresponsible decisions that could end tragically. While I know that many people may think that “teens will be teens,” but I hate to think about what could have happened if those “silly” teens had continued on their party bus journey. Parents must establish an open dialogue with their kids about the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drugs. They should know who their child’s friends are and their child’s whereabouts. Invading your child’s privacy is your job and your duty…whether it’s in cyberspace or the real world…you could be the key to preventing a false move or tragedy.