Channing ISD has changed the dress code for students to combat vaping.
The district says:
We want to take just a moment to let you know what is happening with the dress code as we feel you may be hearing about it from your child.
We have asked students who are wearing long sleeves, hoodies, sweatshirts, coats, etc., to push their sleeves up where we can see the lower part of their forearm. We have done this because of students “vaping” in school. They will hide the small Juul unit in their hand while pulling their sleeve over their hand. The student then will put their sleeve up to their hand, breathe it in and expel the vapor into the sleeve where staff cannot see it. This slight change in the dress code makes this much more difficult to do.
These products are dangerous and not available for purchase by students under 18 years of age due to the high nicotine content of the “pods.” We did take into consideration that many of our students wear these clothes because they are cold or prefer them for various reasons. This was the best thing we could come up with other than banning them.
Also, students have started taking advantage of some leniency in the cellphone and headphone policy. This has also been reiterated to students and teachers that cellphones and headphones are not to be used in the classroom other than by specific teacher instructions. Students had gotten to listening to their headphones or playing with their cellphones while instruction was taking place. Sometimes, they would take one headphone out so that they could “hear,” but the music was still going on in the other ear and/or they could hear when their phone rang of they received a text. We feel this is a distraction and disrespectful to the teacher who is trying to teach.
Just letting you know the why behind the changes.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there was a nearly 80-percent jump in e-cigarette use among high schoolers from 2017 to 2018.
The report linked the rise to the popularity of Juul, a type of e-cigarette that uses flavored nicotine pods.