Programming for a Safe Spring Break


BACCHUS Initiatives team

February 8, 2018

There may be snow on the ground across much of the country, but many college students are already preparing for spring break. Students participate in a variety of activities over break- from volunteering for a service project, planning a vacation, or catching up on Netflix.  Though it is not the norm, some students engage in high-risk behaviors during this time period. It is essential for campuses and peer educators to provide students with information and strategies that will help minimize harm and, hopefully, make the break a positive experience. Through the promotion of responsible driving, healthy decision-making, strategies for personal safety, and avoiding high-risk drinking, we hope to reduce if not eliminate the number of injuries and deaths among college and university students during the spring break period.

To support your campus programmatic efforts, the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA team has compiled a list of our favorite Safe Spring Break websites:

We also recognize that some students utilize the time to participate in service activities or even go home for a little while. We want those road trips to be as safe as possible, which is why we encourage campuses to conduct educational programs ranging from seatbelt use, to impaired or distracted driving prevention, to making sure fatigue does not set in while students are on the road. 

For those traveling to a warmer location or spending the break outdoors, the American Cancer Society has resources regarding skin protection  and skin cancer.

It is safe to say that for the vast majority of students, spring break is a fun, positive, healthy break in the school year. It’s a time to rest, relax and enjoy time with friends. Of course, it is our goal to make sure that is the case for all students, which is why so many campuses conduct a Safe Spring Break campaign each year.

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