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New class helps parents before students head back to school

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But classes started Monday for parents seeking help communicating with teens and addressing those new rules."It's something we're seeing in a national trend and something we want to stay ahead of the curve a little but make sure students know it's prohibi But classes started Monday for parents seeking help communicating with teens and addressing those new rules."It's something we're seeing in a national trend and something we want to stay ahead of the curve a little but make sure students know it's prohibi
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Students will head back to school in Bozeman in two weeks with new rules and regulations in place.  But classes started Monday for parents seeking help communicating with teens and addressing those new rules.

"It's something we're seeing in a national trend and something we want to stay ahead of the curve a little but make sure students know it's prohibited on campus," explained Rob Watson, Bozeman Schools Superintendent.  Watson is referring to e-cigarettes and powdered alcohol that were recently added to a list of banned items on school grounds.

"All campuses are tobacco free but we want to make sure we keep up with some new innovations like alternative nicotine products," said Watson.

Powdered alcohol or palcohol has federal approval but several states have already acted to ban the product.  While Watson says it has not been seen on campuses in Bozeman, Jennifer Pazera with Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County says the district is making the right move getting out ahead of the product.

"Any kind of item that can be searched through social media, adolescents have access to, so to take preventative measures in our school district is amazing.  It's better to be preventative than to get caught in something that ends up being an issue and they end up here," said Pazera.

Pazera says they have put together a Talking with Kids class at the Alcohol and Drug Services center to give parents an opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions amongst other parents and guardians in the same situation.

"We've had an outcry from parents, parents thinking they're the only ones in the community going through certain issues with their teens. Then when they come together as a group they realize they're not alone," said Pazera.

The next class will be based on communicating with teens. The meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County center on 7th street.  Call (406) 586-5493 for details.

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