• Family Resources Page
    Introduction to Family Resources
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    This page has been created to assist and inform families about services available in addition to assistance that may be received through the BCS Guidance Department.

    Above The Influence
    Above The Influence is an excellent resource for students, parents and educators.  There are games, videos and facts to educate.  Here is an except from the site. 
    ABOVE THE INFLUENCE  - Pressure to Use Drugs
    There’s a lot of “information” floating around the Web about drugs and even some misinformation spreading by word-of-mouth. The movies, music and other media don’t always accurately portray the risks of use either. With all the hype around drugs, you may not realize that most high school students choose not to smoke weed."


    Face 2 Face
    Barker Central School District is a proud sponsor of the annual Kids Escaping Drugs Telethon.  Students and parents are encouraged to tune in at least for some of it. There will be  lots of information on the Face 2 Face program, features on students that are going through the program; types of treatment services available; a series of pieces that will feature moms of some of their clients talking with other moms about what to look for …how their kids fooled them etc.  For more information on Face to Face and the Kids Escaping Drugs Program and services available, Click Here.

    Get Smart About Prescription Drugs
    Prescription for Disaster  Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers.

    Just Think Twice
    Just Think Twice
    gives kids a place where they can find out factual information about the consequenses of drug use in a format intended for them.  Sections include Drug Facts, Fact or Fiction, Teens Ask Teens.

    Kids Health
    If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth contains information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.  There are separate sections for kids, teens and parents.  To visit this webiste click here.

    New York State Education Department
    The New York State Education Department Parents Section includes a host of materials for parents.  This website includes many important and helpful links, including such topics as Academic Intervention Services, Key laws and regulations affecting district policy, home schooling, disciplinary actions, The No Child Left Behind Act  as well as the New York State Learning Standards and much more. http://usny.nysed.gov/parents/

    Kids Escaping Drugs

    Parents, view the links below to gain some valuable insight on what to look for and how to approach your child about their potential drug and/or alcohol use.

    Drug Guide For Parents

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse is an organization that is pretty much self-explanatory.  We hope you find this information informative and helpful.

    The Century Council
    The Century Council is the education/awareness arm of the distillery companies. See the link below for good information on combating underage drinking and the latest on social hosting laws in other states.  This link may be especially helpful as we head into the spring prom/grad season. http://centurycouncil.org/blog

    Time to Act
    Breaking the rules. A new group of friends. Sudden changes in appearance. Are these typical teen behaviors or a sign of something else, like drug and alcohol use? They're both, and experts say the best way to learn the difference is to keep the lines of communication wide open with your teens. So when you notice changes, you'll be ready to ask questions. Learn how to look for the signs of drug and alcohol use. Knowing what to look for is important. You can 1) determine if your teen is drinking or using drugs, and 2) gather specific examples to start the conversation.

    Change Your Mind 
    Whether you’re a parent, relative, or mentor to a child, there are going to be times when you need help discussing issues both big and small. That’s why this kit has been created. With ideas on how to start talking, scripts on what to say, and tips for answering tough questions, this kit can help you keep the child in your life healthy and drug-free. Please visit www.changeyourmindni.org for more information. Click on the link below to download the kit in .pdf format. Time to Talk Kit