Oldham County high schools install sensors to detect the use of vapes

As vaping among teens skyrockets, one school district in the Louisville area has a new tool to detect it.

It’s small, yet mighty and installed in bathrooms at all four high schools in Oldham County. The Halo Smart Sensor not only detects vaporizing products, but also fights and loud noises by alerting staff immediately through text and email.

“It identifies which restroom the alert is coming from, so an administrator or whoever can get in there quickly and try to intervene in whatever may be going on,” said Eric Davis, director of student services at Oldham County Schools.

Davis says the high schools saw a significant increase in vaping instances this year.

Of the 52 drug and alcohol-related offenses committed by students so far, vaping was a vast majority.

“I’ve seen some medical emergencies that have occurred because of these, and we don’t want that for any kid,” Davis said.

School officials say the effort isn’t to simply punish students, but they can receive suspension if caught.