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If you are looking to vape inside Spencer County High School, you might want to think again.
At the Jan. 23 special meeting of the Spencer County School Board, the decision was made to purchase eight vape detectors to use as a deterrent in the Spencer County High School restrooms.
Vaping by students has become a nationwide problem, and Spencer County is no different, with vaping incidents becoming the number one discipline problem at the high school.
“Since we have returned from COVID, vaping by students has been one of the greatest disciplinary challenges that we face, both at the high school and middle school level,” said acting superintendent Chuck Abell.
Not only do students not know all the risks involved with vaping, most adults are unaware of the dangers involved. There have been community-involved classes for parents and residents offered at the schools in the past with more predicted for the future.
The eight bathrooms in the high school will have a HALO Smart Sensor 3C multi-functional health, safety, and vape detection device.
Not only do they detect vaping in general, they can also detect marijuana, and even conflicts, by gauging heightened voices. Each unit has emergency escape and alert lighting, a panic button, occupancy and people counting, motion detection, and custom sensor options available in the app, which will be monitored by school staff.
“This is a tool to help us, a great resource,” said SCHS principal Michael Philips. “We want to be proactive on this. Let the parents know that this is a deterrent, to help with the improvement of education for all students by freeing up staff who have to monitor and respond to multiple complaints on a daily basis.”
School board member Sandy Clevenger stated that she saw good reviews on the product. She also stated that the problem is not only in the high school. There were staff from the middle school and both elementary schools in attendance, and they agreed with Clevenger, stating that the lower grade schools either already have an educational program in existence, or there will be one in the near future.
The funds for this purchase are not included in the draft budget, but are available in the General Fund Contingency.