Does your district have issues with students using/possessing e-cigarettes or other vaping products on campus? If so, you might find it interesting to know that several schools across the country have filed or are preparing to file lawsuits against JUUL, the industry giant manufacturer of e-cigarettes. So far, schools in Missouri, Kansas, New York and Arizona are among those making claims.
The lawsuits allege that JUUL’s products are a danger to students’ health and that dealing with student e-cigarette use, confiscation, investigation, discipline and referral for remediation has become a major problem for schools, escalating to the point where the issue has drained them of time, attention and resources that could be spent elsewhere on education. Monies sought in the actions would theoretically be used to help to defer those costs and assist with proactive measures to curb future use.
I’ve had a number of calls from schools in the past couple of years about various aspects of student use and possession of these products. Anecdotally, it would appear that this is something prevalent in Oklahoma, not only in our urban areas but in the small towns as well. Private schools are not immune either, offering prevention seminars for concerned parents.
From a legal perspective, it remains to be seen if these school districts filing suit have a chance to make a good case for recovery. Apparently there are those who believe they can. This is a topic that will be worth following in the coming months.
The January 23rd school shooting in Benton, Kentucky was reported to be the eleventh so far in 2018. Let that sink in for a moment.
It's that time again--you've finished another school year and most likely are already planning the next. When you think about what you would like to improve, consider the following questions: how well are you doing at communicating with your community at large?
It’s news to no one that our public schools face enormous challenges in virtually every area of operations, including finances. Oklahoma education funding is one of the lowest in the nation and yet mandates remain, leaving schools without the proper resources to support them.
Consider involving teachers in the planning process as much as possible to honor the experience, expertise, and knowledge your staff has.