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Radnor High School Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK)
ASK Vision Statement
To facilitate and promote positive life choices by raising awareness for Radnor students, parents and teachers about at-risk behaviors through supportive and developed informational programming.
Sam Giardinellil, Co-Chair
Kari Kurtz, Co-Chair
2020-2021 ASK Meeting Dates
Friday, October 23rd 2020, 9 - 10 a.m. - Re-entry and Resilience
Friday, November 20th 2020 - Continuing the Conversation
Friday, February 19th 2021 - Internet Safety
Friday, April 16th 2021 - Substance AbuseAll meetings will be held virtually this school year.
November 20th - Continuing the Conversation: addressing stress, depression, and anxiety during the pandemic.
Clinical Psychologists Niela Hirsch and Danielle Trucksess will focus on describing clinical symptoms, identifying potential concerns, and sharing coping strategies to manage distress. Drs. Hirsch and Trucksess will also provide psychoeducation about cognitive behavioral therapy and how the approach is adapted for a child and adolescent population.
This free event is open to all Radnor Township School District parents and guardians. Questions? Contact RHSASK@gmail.com.
Oct. 23, 2020, Back to School: Re-entry and Resillience
Jon Mattleman presented a live, interactive webinar addressing concerns parents and teachers are having about returning back to school during this global pandemic. This presentation covered stress, depression, and anxiety and how to look out for those symptoms in themselves and the students in their care. Watch the recorded presentation here.
Gun Violence in Schools
Gun prevention activist, gun violence victim and survivor advocate Jami Amo, a survivor of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. She was a freshman at the school when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. Amo was among hundreds of Columbine students who managed to escape to safety.
Amo discussed the history of school violence, the effects of trauma and changes in policy that have influenced all aspects of school safety.
Dec. 13, 2019: "Just Talk About It"
Minding Your Mind clinician Melissa presented the Just Talk About It program in which the signs and symptoms of the mental health issues most prevalent in adolescents through young adulthood are discussed, and learn how to know the difference from typical teenage behavior.
Young Adult Speaker Jordan added a real-life story that illustrates the information from our clinician, transforming it all into relatable experiences.
Oct. 18, 2019: Teen Vaping, It's Not Just a Mist "
Did you miss the presentation? View the complete presentation from the meeting here, which includes more information on vaping terminology and paraphernalia; negative health implications; local businesses and online markets that sell vaping products; signs to look for in youth who may be vaping; and tips on talking to teens. View a September 15 letter from RTSD superintendent Ken Batchelor that addresses vaping here.
Guest Speakers: Linda Schanne MSN, RN-C, CCRN, CEN chair of the Radnor Township Board of Health and Clinical Nurse Educator at BMH in the Emergency Department; Michael Blanche MSS, LCSW, a counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults, and prevention.