One thing you want to avoid at your school formal, is drinking. Truth be told, there are a lot of things you’ll want to avoid, but drinking usually leads to all of the rest. Hosting a responsible school formal can be a challenge, but here are some tips to help you prevent drinking as much as possible:
- Inform the parents about the party. The parents of your teenagers need to understand that their children cannot drink when they come to the school formal. It is an event that reflects on your school and its reputation, so teenage drinking is extremely frowned upon. Impress that very strongly upon the parents.
- Collect all keys. If you have students that are driving themselves to the school formal, make it mandatory for them to leave their keys with you. It will help you to keep an eye on which students are present and which have left, and you can prevent anyone from driving should they manage to sneak a drink.
- Prowl the venue beforehand. When you decide on the location for the party, take a few minutes to walk the area and scout out locations where things could be hidden. Keep an eye out for any dark corners, and definitely look for doors that could lead to locations where your students shouldn’t be during the party.
- Have a good staff of chaperones. The party planners can help you to keep an eye on your students, but you’ll need to bring your own army of chaperones to ensure that there is no drinking going on. Make sure that they are always roving and keeping an eye on the hidden places you have scouted.
- Be visible. Make sure that at least one or two adults are visible at all times. It may not thoroughly discourage all of your students from drinking, but at least the more timid ones will find it harder to sneak off.
- Keep them in the hall. Do not allow the students to leave the venue where the party is being held. No one should be allowed to go to the parking lot, as it’s likely that there is alcohol in someone’s car. Make sure that your students know that they are obligated to stay in the main hall for the duration of the party.
- Be ready to deal with troublemakers. There will always be a few rowdy students who will drink and get drunk no matter how hard you try to prevent it. Be prepared to deal with those students, usually with a staff of security to escort them from the premises. You may even want to have a few police officers standing by in case things get rowdy. Even if no one gets arrested, that threat of the cops standing by can often be enough to discourage drinking.
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