No Vaping Addition to LCS Code of Conduct

Superintendent's Letter on No Vaping Addition to Code of Conduct
Posted on 12/12/2019
No Vaping

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Out of concern for the health and welfare of our students, the Lowndes County Board of Education has adopted a specific protocol for addressing the nationwide epidemic that is currently plaguing schools around the country.  Vaping and e-cigarettes pose a significant health risk to our students; therefore, the following violation has been added to the Code of Conduct. 

Definition:

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device.  The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. 

Vaping requires the use of a purpose-made or homemade device that vaporizes oil that may contain flavoring, nicotine, Cannabidiol (“CBD”) oil of varying concentrations, tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) oil of varying concentrations, or other substances that may or may not be legal to possess.  A vaping device is generally composed of a vaporizer, battery, reservoir for smoking oil, and a battery charger.  By way of example and not as a limitation, vaping devices may be called vapes, Juuls, e-cigarettes, e-cigs, dab pens, or other brand names. 

Consequences:

In keeping with the District’s approach to progressive discipline, the following consequences will apply to any student who is in intentional or unintentional possession of any vaping paraphernalia during any school-sanctioned activity or on any Lowndes County school campus during or outside of normal school hours:

Up to (10) days suspension with possible referral to law enforcement; possible referral for alternative placement; possible referral for expulsion. 

The aforementioned changes to the Code of Conduct will become effective on January 8, 2020.  In the event a student is found to be in possession of an illegal substance/drug for use in a vaping device, such will be treated as a separate drug-related offense. 

We appreciate your assistance as we implement this new protocol.  We hope you understand that these efforts are to help ensure the health and welfare of all of our students.  

Sincerely, 

Wes Taylor

Superintendent

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