Parents invited to attend academy in August

Sheriff's office deputy will host the program

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A program hosted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for students and parents in the community unveiled a new logo and updated curriculum for the 2019-20 school year.

The sheriff's office created Y.E.S.S. — Youth Education and Safety in Schools — 10 years ago for middle and high schools in the Douglas County School District.

Instructors primarily teach middle school students in seventh- and eighth-grade health classes about teen relationships, internet safety and substance abuse. School resource officers help out at the high school level by teaching courses on abuse, sexting, dating violence and the use of Text-A-Tip, a confidential reporting service.

Y.E.S.S. also hosts a Parent Academy specific to concerns facing parents, including internet safety, substance abuse and physical/emotional safety.

The next Parent Academy will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at the sheriff's office substation in Highlands Ranch, 9250 Zotos Drive. The Rotary of Castle Pines and Denver Springs will provide free lunch. Space is limited. To register, email pharvey@dcsheriff.net.

Douglas County Deputy Jay Martin, lead instructor of Y.E.S.S, will discuss the program's new curriculum, which is based on current research, statistics, trends and guidelines from the Colorado Department of Education. Martin also considers input from DCSD health teachers and authors of books he recommends to parents.

“We don't change everything, just update what is needed,” Phyllis Harvey, program coordinator, said.

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