Parent University Offers Education, Resources

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The district, in conjunction with the district’s PTA and the Suffolk County Police Department, presented Parent University on Oct. 27 at High School East.

Parents in attendance had the opportunity to choose from one of two educational workshops: “The Ugly Truth,” an informational presentation on heroin and prescription drug education and awareness or a screening of the movie “Screenagers,” a documentary on the impact of screen time on students.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw introduced the guest speakers for the “The Ugly Truth,” which included Suffolk Country police officers, the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Academy’s E.M.T Unit.

“We are working on the protective and proactive factors here at Smithtown Schools,” Bradshaw said. “There are so many great resources available to parents here at the schools and in your community.” Following “The Ugly Truth” presentation, parents could opt to receive free Narcan training and a take home kit. In the hallways, representatives from different community resource organizations were also available with information.

Parents learned about the impact of screen time on students and received expert advice from pediatricians, brain researchers, psychologists and technology researchers in the “Screenagers” movie. A discussion facilitated district principals gave parents some time to talk about their ideas and struggles in effectively balancing technology with their children.