Santa Cruz International School
Monday, 22nd September, 2014
The SCIS Griffins participate in a variety of social welfare and school-related events throughout the year and we are always struck by the tremendous good will, good spirit and cooperation of our students involved in these events. We have seen first-hand how student involvement in these type of school event, creates a tight-knit community. We greatly admire and appreciate this.
At the same time it is necessary to address the matter of a different kind socializing or “confraternización” as it is called here. These parties, usually organized by the 11th and 12th grades, are open to all high school students. Students pay an entrance fee, sport a bangle (manila) and have access to “cantina libre” or free drinking. Parental control at these parties is very limited and alcohol and cigarettes are freely available in abundance to all who attend.
It is disturbing, given everything we know today about the potential health and safety consequences associated with underage drinking, that the organization of these parties are still continue. Underage drinking increases your child’s risk for addiction five-fold and puts them at higher risk for sexual harassment, fights and violence, slip and falls, driving accidents, alcohol poisoning, not to mention the possibility of civil liabilities if someone gets hurt.
The school, from an ethical viewpoint, cannot condone the organization of such parties. We will continue to stress with our students the importance of healthy decision-making at social events. While we believe that schools in Santa Cruz play an important role in educating students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, we believe that our parents are crucial in working with us to ensure that students are safe and substance free.
Please make certain your child understands your clear expectations regarding the underage, illegal use of alcohol and other substances. Bolivian law (Ley No. 259, Art. 20) forbids the sale or administering of alcohol and controlled substances to minors; it also clearly stipulates that it is illegal for minors to consume alcohol.
Please take note that:
- The school cannot be held responsible for actions/incidents directly related to these “confraternizaciones” outside school. However, we are concerned about the impact of student behavior outside of school on our educational community.
- Students are strictly forbidden from advertising the event, verbally or written. They may not collect money for the party nor may they distribute the “manillas”/bangles which serve as an entrance pass. Confiscated money and bangles will be returned to the child’s parents during a meeting at school.
- Students may not use the school or the class name to organize and/promote these types of parties.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.