E-Cigarettes/Vaping

At NBISD we are committed to creating a safe, healthy, and thriving educational environment for all our students. One crucial step toward achieving this is addressing the concerning rise of vaping among our youth. With a new state law set to take effect on September 1, 2023, we’re taking proactive measures to ensure our students understand the impact of this legislation.

New State Law Cracking Down on Vaping

In June, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 114 into law, marking a significant response to the growing concern surrounding e-cigarettes and vaping among our youth. This law specifies that any student found in possession of vaping-related items will be in violation of our Student Code of Conduct, resulting in a mandatory placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP).

How This Might Impact Your Student

It’s essential for parents to understand how this new law might affect their students. Even if your child possesses an e-cigarette without anything inside it, or any vaping-related component, part, or accessory on school grounds or at a school-related event, they could face a mandatory placement at a disciplinary alternative education placement (DAEP) for at least 10 days for a first-time e-cigarette offense. Please be aware that students assume responsibility for any items knowingly within their possession, regardless of ownership.

During their time at the DAEP, students are not permitted to participate in school activities. Moreover, they may face removal from specific student clubs or organizations, depending on the rules and regulations of each organization. Additionally, students with DAEP placements do not qualify for final exam exemptions for that school year.

What You Can Do?

As a parent or guardian, it’s crucial to take proactive steps to ensure your student is informed about this new law. Here’s what you can do:

  • Have an open conversation with your student about the legislation.
  • Encourage your student to be vigilant about the contents of their backpack, vehicle, and personal belongings.
  • Remind your student not to allow friends to store prohibited items in their belongings or hold such items on behalf of others.
  • Discuss the adverse health effects of vaping with your student.

We’ve provided resources below to help you start these critical conversations.

Educational Videos

In addition to a current immunization record, we must have a record that shows the following vaccines have been received:

  • 1 dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (meningitis)  Meningococcal vaccinesprotect against infection with a type of bacteria that causes meningitis and blood infection (sepsis). Adolescents are at increased risk of getting this infection. This is a rare, but extremely serious disease that kills up to 10 percent of those who get it. Up to 20 percent of survivors will have serious long-term or permanent complications such as brain damage, kidney damage, deafness, or amputations. Please note that adolescents need a booster vaccine at age 16. Parents should also ask about a second type of meningococcal vaccine (meningococcal B) that may be appropriate for their child between ages 16-18 years.
  • 1 dose of Tdap Vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) Tdap vaccine includes protection against pertussis (whooping cough), which has been on the rise in the US especially among children 10-19 years old and babies under five years old. Vaccination is important even if your child was vaccinated as an infant, because the protection from those vaccines may not last into the teen years.

Please provide your shot record to the School nurse if your child has received these vaccines.  Your student will not be able to receive a schedule or attend school until the shots are received and written record is provided. 

  • Human Papillomavirius vaccine (HPV) HPV vaccine protects against a cancer-causing infection. The HPV vaccine is recommended and is a two dose series for boys and girls age 9-14.  After the age of 15 a three-dose series over a six-month period is needed to protect both females and males. Teens or young adults who have not gotten any or all of the recommended doses should make an appointment to be vaccinated. Younger adolescents have higher antibody levels to vaccination compared to older adolescents and young adults. This may result in longer lasting immunity for those vaccinated earlier in adolescence.

Posted: May 15, 2018 | Updated: Sept. 10, 2019

Severe Lung Disease and Vaping Health Alert (Issued: 08-06-19)

NBISD is committed to educating our students about living a healthy lifestyle as well as being responsible and safe. We want to take this opportunity to make you aware of a trend among students that is causing concern not only in NBISD, but across the country. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) have grown in use and popularity over the past few years particularly among youth and young adults.

ENDS, also called e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. ENDS can resemble traditional products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

These devices are being marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes and students are also attracted to the sleek and inconspicuous designs offered. Devices such as Juul are the same size and shape as a flash drive and can be easily concealed. Kids are using words like “Juuling,” “vaping” or “dripping” to talk about these devices and their experiences. Additionally, the “e-liquid” or “e-juice” is sold in flavors like fruit, candy, coffee or chocolate and can be ordered online by someone under the legal age of 18.

Students are not allowed to possess these devices, however, we are still encountering them at school. We are asking for your assistance to address this issue and encourage you to speak with your child about the effects products like these can have on their health as well as the consequences they could face at school. Just like you, we are concerned about the health and welfare of our children.

Any student found in the possession of or use of a vaping device, vapors or tobacco on any NBISD campus will face disciplinary consequences.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact a campus administrator or one of your child’s teachers. For additional resources, click on the links below provided online by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control.

Sources and Image References:

American Academy of Pediatrics. “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Quick Facts.”

Center for Disease Control. “E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern.”

E-cigarettes Infographic

Texas Dept. of Health and Human Services

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/tobacco/E-Cigarettes/