Resources for Families, Parents, Guardians, Community

For timely resources related to the pandemic and school closings please follow this link to the Penn Manor Mental Health and Community Resources page:
This is a great website with tips for parents on transitioning when your child goes to college!
Getting Help: Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission Resource Information
Refer to this resource to locate community supports and resources.
Collegeboard Webinar Series for Families:
Check out this great informational video on Paying For College, Financial Aid, Scholarships and More! The Collegeboard has a series of videos that explain many elements of the college application process.  Check this Financial Aid information out!
Tips for Parents for Talking with Children About Suicide and 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series:
Check out this great site for Parents and Guardians from the Office of Adolescent Health:

Pathways Center Resources for Penn Manor Families Coping with Loss

Hospice & Community Care’s Pathways Center exists to help meet the individual needs of anyone in the community who is coping with the loss of a loved one. From support groups, counseling, online support, camps and more.  See the link below for more information.


Parenting Classes – offered by COBYS at numerous locations and on various dates,

Parenting Wisely (3R’s)

(A court-approved alternative adjudication program in Lancaster County)
3 sessions, 2.0 hours per session. Appointments scheduled based on times listed below.

Parenting Wisely, evidence-based curriculum, provides parents and youth (ages 11-18) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to build stronger parent/child relationships and to promote regular school attendance. This program is a highly interactive family education online program. Participants will be guided through the online program by a COBYS Family Life Educator. This program receives funding by the PA Department of Health through the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency.

Families will learn to:

  • Strengthen family and school bonds;
  • Enhance family communication;
  • Help teens develop responsibility;
  • Establish family policies against problem behaviors, including truancy, violence, drug and alcohol use, etc.;
  • Develop mutual support.
The PMHS Counseling Department aims to meet the Social and Emotional needs of  our students.  For information and insight into child and adolescent mental health concerns, common treatments, and other helpful information go to the following link.
Suggested Books to help Parents and Guardians Understand the College Process and The College Years:
What you need to know to talk
with your teen about marijuana?

Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens.

Adolescent brain development

Scientists now know that the brain is getting reorganized in a big way during the teenage years. This is a time of huge opportunities — and risks. New knowledge about adolescent brain development explains why it’s so important for parents to encourage teens to have healthy activities.  Go to

for more information!

Parents: Check out tips for talking to your teens about underage drinking!  SAMHSA has  a program called Talk.  They Hear You.

PARENTS OF STUDENT ATHLETES-should know this NCAA Information!
There have been some major changes regarding NCAA Eligibility. As of the 2006/2007 school year students who are planning on attending a four year College or University and plan on playing a Division I, II, or III sport must be taking COLLEGE PREP LEVEL courses. Career Prep Level course will NOT be acceptable for NCAA purposes and cannot be used to fulfill NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. In short, you must be taking ALL COLLEGE PREP courses. Note that all Career Prep courses taken prior to the 2006/2007 school year will count towards your students eligibility. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your coach or the High School Counseling Office.  For more information visit the NCAA website at:

ARE YOU AWARE?The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.  If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

For more resources regarding these changes, visit or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.

Parent Resources

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