TCS@ODU Family Communications
October 4, 2021
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Dear TCS@ODU families,
As many of you are aware, TikTok, a popular social media platform on which millions of people, many of them teenagers, post short videos and acquire likes and followers, has unfortunately been the home of a few recent concerning challenges circulating around the world. During the month of September, the challenge was to vandalize and steal school bathroom property. Many schools across the nation experienced a number of disheartening situations because of this challenge. TCS@ODU was not exempt.
The most recent challenge made aware in the news is October’s challenge to “smack a staff member,” which involves students sneaking up to a teacher or staff member and slapping them while recording the incident for social media. This type of behavior is a serious concern which may result in possible suspensions, expulsions, or worse as this type of behavior could be considered assault and is often considered a misdemeanor.
We ask that you please talk with your student about these concerning challenges. Even if they do not have social media, their friends might and it is likely a topic of conversation. We will also be reinforcing the community expectations at TCS@ODU and our desire to ensure that our school is a safe place where these types of behaviors have no place.
If your student is waiting to be picked up in the morning, and their bus does not come, call 614-365-5074. If the route is not covered, CCS will attempt to get your student to school still.
We know that this situation is very challenging to you and your family. Please know that we share in this. Frequently we are at the school until many hours after the school day is over trying to work on the problem.
Until they fix their driver shortage, we continue to partner with you to ensure that your student gets home in a timely and safe manner.
1. If your student is not vaccinated, they do not wear a mask correctly, and they are exposed, they must quarantine for 10 days.
2. If your student is not vaccinated, they are exposed to someone outside of the school building who tests positive, they must quarantine for 10 days.
3. If any student tests positive, they must quarantine for 10 days.
The best ways to keep your student in school is to ensure that they are vaccinated and if they wear a mask, properly, at all times when they are in the building.
If your student is vaccinated, please send a photo of their completed vaccination card to the front office. This will help us know what to do in the event of an exposure. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Georgia Wells, Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman
Researchers inside Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, have been studying for years how its photo-sharing app affects millions of young users. Repeatedly, the company found that Instagram is harmful for a sizable percentage of them, most notably teenage girls, more so than other social-media platforms. In public, Facebook has consistently played down the app’s negative effects, including in comments to Congress, and hasn’t made its research public or available to academics or lawmakers who have asked for it. In response, Facebook says the negative effects aren’t widespread, that the mental-health research is valuable and that some of the harmful aspects aren’t easy to address. (Listen to a related podcast.)
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