For all students, the middle and upper school years are periods of fundamental transition; biological, cognitive, and social. During these periods, students relationships with their families, peers, and school change. Students begin to separate from their families and interact more with their peers. They spend more time without adult supervision, and they are more likely to engage in risky behavior.
In the American culture, this frequently involves experimentation with alcohol and other drugs.
GFS addresses these issues in many ways, primarily through education, limit-setting, and disciplinary policies. GFS has now implemented another venue to help students deal with these issues: the Confidential Concerns Team.
The Confidential Concerns Team (CCT) Program is a non-disciplinary program that provides a venue for any member of the GFS community to express concern about a student who may be struggling with an issue involving alcohol or other drugs, and a means to address any issues before they become a serious threat to a student's health and well being. Under the Program, those with a concern can make a confidential referral to any member of the CCT, currently comprising seven faculty members supervised by the GFS Psychologist.
The CCT does not provide counseling, it does not take disciplinary action, and it does not share information with the school administration. It does share concerns with students and offer resources for assistance. More detailed information about the CCT Program is available from the GFS Psychologist.
Community of Concern Website