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Parent Advocacy for Vape Detectors in Schools

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Concerns around vaping in schools have grown to new levels. Parents that have been involved in putting a stop to the epidemic outside of schools have now focused their efforts on advocating for solutions inside schools. Improving safety within a school is much more difficult than doing the same inside your own home. Many parents have taken to advocating for child safety by recommending vape detectors as a remedy.

Rules and rights are put in place by schools to help protect students and faculty. Knowing these rules and rights only helps to better address the issue of vaping in schools. Each school addresses tobacco and drug situations differently, and the policy should first be understood before moving forward. Actions to prevent vaping can range anywhere from discipline to providing help to assist the student in quitting vaping. Knowing the rules and rights pertaining tobacco and drugs also helps assess what students, parents and teachers can do regarding vape prevention. Some schools classify vapes as paraphernalia and can take action by banning USB drives and implementing vape detectors. Violations of these rules and rights are the easiest way to implement change in your school district.

Understanding the chain of command within the school will help by going through the correct channels to accomplish tasks. Working with teachers to talk to principals and superintendents is more effective than addressing them individually. Getting to know the people making decisions regarding your child is also helpful to implement change within schools. Becoming friendly with someone like a principal will allow you greater leverage in preventing vaping in schools. Connecting with people outside of school is also important. Other worried parents are looking for solutions to end the problem of vaping in schools. Teaming up with the PTA and attending board meetings is a great way to gain further support.

Information is the greatest weapon in this battle against vaping in schools. Educating students, teachers and other parents about the dangers associated with vaping will assist in gaining support for the movement. Staying informed and on top of the relevant information will help you communicate your argument in a clear, direct and effective manner. Schools may even by mandated by law to prevent vaping, which would only further substantiate the mission to end vaping in schools. Analysis of knowledge gathered can help implement the correct solution for your school, whether it be installing vape detectors, scheduling assemblies or enacting discipline. Establishing the facts helps make decisions on the proper course of action for each scenario.

Documenting all relevant vape-related incidents, inside and outside of school, can also create a more powerful initiative. Being aware of any problems associated with vaping helps raise awareness about the problem and emphasize the need for a solution. Any problematic incidents related to vaping that take place at school or in the area should be addressed with the right people, whether they be PTA members or part of the school, so that the correct action can be taken. It is upsetting to hear of any vape-related problems, but that sadness is magnified when this problem happens to a person nearby. Recording these incidents and sharing them with the right people can assure that these same occurrences to not happen to your child or anyone in the school district.

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