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At Pasadena ISD we are committed to creating a safe, healthy, and thriving educational environment for all of our students. One crucial step toward achieving this is addressing the concerning rise of vaping among our youth. With a new state law that went into effect on September 1, 2023, we're taking proactive measures to ensure our students understand the impact of this legislation.

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New State Law Cracking Down on Vaping

In June, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 114 into law, marking a significant response to the growing concern surrounding e-cigarettes and vaping among our youth. This law specifies that any student found in possession of vaping-related items will be in violation of our Student Code of Conduct, resulting in a mandatory placement in a DAEP. (The Summit)

How This Might Impact Your Student

It's essential for parents to understand how this new law might affect their students. Even if your child possesses an e-cigarette without anything inside it, or any vaping-related component, part, or accessory on school grounds or at a school-related event, they could face a mandatory placement at an Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for at least 10 days for a first-time e-cigarette offense. Please be aware that students assume responsibility for any items knowingly within their possession, regardless of ownership.

During their time at the DAEP, students are not permitted to participate in school activities. Moreover, they may face removal from specific student clubs or organizations, depending on the rules and regulations of each organization. Additionally, students with DAEP placements do not qualify for final exam exemptions for that school year.

Parent/Guardian's Next Steps

As a parent or guardian, it's crucial to take proactive steps to ensure your student is informed about this new law. Here's what you can do:

Have an open conversation with your student about the legislation.

  • Encourage your student to be vigilant about the contents of their backpack, vehicle, and personal belongings.
  • Remind your student not to allow friends to store prohibited items in their belongings or hold such items on behalf of others.
  • Discuss the adverse health effects of vaping with your student.
  • We've provided resources below to help you start these critical conversations.

Informative Resources for Parents and Students

We understand that addressing the issue of vaping requires access to reliable information. Here are some resources to help you navigate this conversation:

We deeply appreciate your cooperation and support in ensuring that Pasadena ISD remains a safe, healthy, and thriving educational environment for all students. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact your campus administration.

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