Bayside Community of Concern

Community of Concern is a parent-driven organization that educates families and builds partnerships to keep the Bayside community aware of potential dangers and laws associated with underage drinking and drug abuse, bullying behaviors, social media and teen driving. This group meets quarterly on Tuesdays, from 8-9 a.m., in the Old Library Conference Room in the Administration Building.

The Community of Concern is truly a philosophy – one that promotes productive and effective dialogue on the best ways to handle challenging situations related to underage drinking and other drug use.  Three basic steps complete the actual program –

  1. Educate everyone – students, parents and others involved with our youth
  2. Communicate – bring everyone to the table for productive conversation
  3. Set one goal each year that both parents and students can achieve in an effort to stay alcohol and other drug free. 

About Community of Concern


COC is a parent-driven effort using the schools as the place to meet and the vehicle to disseminate information. There are currently five schools with an active COC program in the Mobile/Baldwin County area.  The sharing of information and a pooling of resources has empowered adults and youth in our community to make smart, safe choices in difficult situations.  Program goals are achieved through many activities including:

  • Brown bag lunches or coffees at each school – parents gather to learn/discuss current trends and topics that are grade appropriate for their child.  The challenges facing seniors in high school are very different from the ones facing a fifth grader – although both are very important. 
  • Parent Information Meetings – Parent Programs in which current facts and keen insight about substance use/abuse is shared.  Powerful presentations provide parents with the skills and insight that is critical in keeping their child safe.  These can be held in morning or evening.
  • Conversations That Count – parents and students gather and are given real life situations of “What would you do…” ; each has the opportunity to anonymously respond and with the assistance of a facilitator both parents and students decide on the best way to handle these situations. Student to student CTC are effective between younger students with selected and trained older students.
  • Informal Class Meetings – students have the opportunity to anonymously ask a question of a panel of law enforcement, drug education council counselors and judicial representatives – often dispels many myths and serves as an excellent education tool for the students.
  • COC Quarterly Newsletter – electronically distributed quarterly to COC Schools.
  • COC Teen Brainology – weekly facts that will help parents with challenging situations and best practices to aid in productive conversations.
The Organizational Structure:
  • Chairperson: Lisa O'Hara
  • Community of Concern Advisory Committee
  • Faculty Liaison
  • Student Representatives
Volunteer Needs:
  • Event volunteers

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Lisa O'Hara
Community of Concern Chair