Important – Parents Please Read!

Dear Parents,

We are writing today to ask for your help in discussing a serious topic with your children. We have had several students fall ill after inhaling substances from vape pens. This is a burgeoning problem and as recently as December 18, the U.S. Surgeon General declared teen vaping to be a nationwide epidemic.

Today, we confiscated four vape devices from students. Those devices were turned over to our local police department. Just as cigarettes are not permitted on school grounds, vape pens are likewise not permitted. We are very concerned about the safety of our students and do not want these devices in our school or in the hands of our children.

Vape pens often have enticing flavors like “mighty mango” or “cool cucumber” that seem innocent but can be very dangerous to our students. It is also possible for students to easily purchase THC-based vape oils from online retailers. This is extremely concerning to us.

We are in the process of installing vape detectors in our bathrooms and in the meantime have locked some of the bathrooms in an attempt to monitor these areas more closely. Our goal is to prevent vape use within the building.

We will also be hosting a presenter from the Warren County Regional Coalition and Warren County Family Guidance to speak to students about the dangers of vape pens. Additionally, we will be addressing this through our Health and P.E. Curriculum.

Attached is a photo of the type of vape pens that we have found on students here at North Warren.

Please talk to your children and check their backpacks and rooms for these devices. We are worried that students do not understand how dangerous they are and may have them to try.

Any questions or concerns about how to please feel free to contact me at any time.

Ms. Tina Ritchie
Director of Guidance / Dean of Students

Information for parents

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