SafeHomes Guidelines


Program Overview
As parents and as a school community, we are concerned about the use and social acceptability of alcohol and other drugs among students. We want to work together to take a stand to help students refrain from using alcohol and other drugs and are asking you to make a commitment to this project and follow the guidelines set forth below.


  • We are committed to work together to create a healthy atmosphere in which the use of alcohol and other drugs is not the “norm.” In order to do so, we agree to follow these guidelines:
  • We will develop a clear position about alcohol and other drug use and communicate it to our students and parents.
  • We will take responsibility for our own students’ behavior and will set an example that can be followed by them.
  • We will support school policies and substance abuse programs regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. (Refer to Saint Francis Handbook)
  • We will promote wholesome social activities for our students.
  • We will resist negative peer pressure regarding this issue and encourage our students to do likewise.
  • We will endeavor to educate students and other parents about this issue and share with them pertinent information.
  • We will participate in the establishment of a SafeHomes directory to assist parents in their efforts.

Communication Guidelines

  • Know where your students are and let them know where you are.
  • Maintain communication about their whereabouts if plans change.
  • Assure them that they can telephone you to be picked up whenever needed.
  • Get to know their friends and the parents of their friends.

Party Guidelines

  • Parents are advised to instruct students not to host or attend a party unless the party is actively chaperoned by parents.
  • Parents should obtain the phone number and address of the location of the party.
  • Parents of a student party-goer are strongly advised to contact host parents prior to the party and confirm that appropriate party guidelines will be adhered to.
  • Parents should be aware of age-appropriate curfews.
  • Parents should assure students that in case of unexpected circumstances, they may call for a ride home at any time.

Host Parent Guidelines

  • Encourage “by invitation only” social activities; do not permit uninvited guests.
  • Be a visible host/hostess. Tell the guests who choose to leave the party that they may not return.
  • Call the parents of any student possessing or appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Do not allow anyone “under the influence” to go home alone. Call for assistance from appropriate law enforcement if necessary.

Safe Rides

  • Teens can call Red Cross Safe Rides at 1-877-753-RIDE (7433)  for rides in the areas of Atherton, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City and Woodside during the school year on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

SafeHomes Information
The Directory notes the Saint Francis High School families who have chosen to participate in the SafeHomes Project. You are encouraged to make direct contact with all host parents (whether listed or not) before making a decision about your student’s participation in a particular activity.

If you have any questions regarding the Saint Francis High School SafeHomes Project, please contact:

Margaret Miller, Dean of Students 650 968-1213, ext. 475 

Mike Motil, Asst. Dean of Student 650 968-1213, ext. 475

Todd Meulman, Director of Activities 650 968-1213, ext. 480