Sioux Falls School District addresses vaping trend

Education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Sioux Falls School District is updating its vaping policies. This year, South Dakota lawmakers decided to add vaping to a statewide tobacco ban.  

Even with a new law, the school district wants to be as clear as possible with school policies.

Studies show more teens are vaping. The Sioux Falls School District is responding, by changing three policies to include the word vapor.

“One’s specific to employees, one’s specific to students, and then there’s essentially our community members or visitors to our school,” Kate Bartell Nowak, Sioux Falls School District’s In House Legal Counsel, said.

The district is seeing more of these devices showing up in schools. Administrators want to stay ahead of the trend.

“It really is the vaping products and just sharing that information on there’s a new vaping device, particularly the Juuls. That was a recent one that was different for us and harder to detect,” Kate Bartell Nowak said. 

“That’s something that we follow closely because it seems those devices and things are changing pretty quickly and you know it was not very long ago that e-cigarettes came into use and now like you said juuling has become popular very recently,” Molly Sattr, Sioux Falls School District Health Services Supervisor, said.

The policies vary from student to teacher to visitor. 

“We’re not saying that you can’t possess those items, but you can’t be using those items or holding a lit or heated item, so the mom who has her cigarettes in her purse won’t be asked to leave, she just can’t use those cigarettes while on school property,” Kate Bartell Nowak said. 

If the school board approves the changes, they’ll take effect immediately. 

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