In the Corning-Painted Post Area School District we have seen a surge in incidents involving student vaping. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every four middle and high school students use electronic vaping products. So, we are not alone. Common additives used in electronic cigarettes include nicotine and caffeine. E-cigarettes can also be used to vaporize cannabis oil or melt highly concentrated “dabs“, which are a crystalized form of hashish. In an effort to keep the devices out of our buildings, we will begin increased enforcement which will include the following:
- Installation of sensors in bathrooms at the secondary level immediately.
- Utilization of hand held security wands to aid in search procedures.
- Mandatory educational opportunities for students who utilize these devices.
- Immediate in-school or out-of-school suspension.
- Suspension from extra-curricular activities.
- In-house and community counseling services for those experiencing dependency.
Students and families who would like help with dependency on these products please contact your child’s counselor or social worker, and we will help find the resources to do so. We have listed numerous resources on our website relative to the use of e-cigarettes in case you are not familiar with them. The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in school or on school property and at school functions by the School District’s Code of Conduct. We have a responsibility to keep all students safe and clearly this has become a major public health concern. It is our hope that through the efforts of home and school, students will refrain from using these products. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation, and please feel free to contact me or your child’s principal with any questions or concerns. Also, please take a look at this publication from the CDC with tips on how to talk with teens about this issue.
Superintendent of Schools
(607) 936-3704 ext 1001