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.
I don’t think it’s a secret that I love Google Apps and that we’re big users of their tools here at the OPSRC. Schools all over are buying into G Suite for Education because it’s effective for teachers and students but also because it provides incredible savings for districts.
The school year is over, summer break has begun and teachers all over are getting a well-deserved break. I hope that you get the rest and relaxation you need to recharge your batteries! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in education, however, it’s that teachers don't really take summer off.
Google has an artificial intelligence tool built into their productivity suite, and it’s something that can save you a lot of time and effort. Here are the basic details you need to get started:
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