The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has launched a multi-pronged approach to creating vape-free school environments, and officials are inviting community members to witness these efforts firsthand at upcoming San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs meeting.
In an effort to achieve vape-free schools, the district has teamed up with ex-California High School student Nate Biggs, who will be conducting his presentation titled “The Truth about Vaping!” to seventh and eighth graders in the district, and will also be leading several special parent education nights.
“In the SRVUSD, relevant and current anti-vaping curriculum is provided to our middle school science and high school health students with plans to begin implementation of a 5th Grade Anti-Vape Curriculum in the future,” SVUSD officials said in a statement. “The ultimate goal is to educate our students on the dangers of vaping before they start using.”
According to the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, at parent education nights participants will learn common misconceptions about vaping, warning signs of teen use, lessons on addiction and strategies to create a dialogue with teens about vaping and other drugs.
Parents and family members are invited to attend one of the presentations which will he held at the following locations:
*Oct. 28, at California High School Theater, 7 p.m.
*Oct. 29, at Dougherty Valley High School Theater, 7 p.m.
*Oct. 30, at Monte Vista High School Library, 7 p.m.
Residents can register for a San Ramon Valley Council of PTA parent education night on vaping online at www.srvcouncilpta.org
While knowledge is one of the most important tools parents can posses in identifying and combating vaping use among their children, the SRVUSD has enacted a series of other approaches to help curb vaping in schools.
“Additionally, because of the addictive nature of nicotine, we recognize that we must do more than punish students that may be dealing with addiction from vaping,” district officials said. “ Parental involvement for these students is critical.”
Officials explained that when a student is caught vaping on campus, or in the possession of a vaping device, first time offenders will be referred to a four hour anti-vape education class on a Saturday.
The district is also working to install vape detectors in restrooms through their secondary sites. These detectors will enable school staff to know where and when students are vaping on campus, and while that may not prevent students from vaping at other locations, will hopefully assist in decreasing vaping on school campuses, according to district officials.