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Student Handbook Change Specific to Tobacco and Vaping

An article posted on Rocket News (dated October 25, 2018) titled: Communicating Potential Risks to Parents & Students shared the dangers of using vaping devices as relatively new product line is not steeped in research due to its “newness” to consumers.

What schools across our county, state and nation are experiencing is a quick rise in the use of these devices by underage people, primarily school-age kids.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office has provided support to local schools through monthly update meetings on key issues affecting youth in our county but also in the form of deterrent strategies.

Recently, our school board approved a proposal that amends our student handbook to include the following deterrent plans with respect to student possession and use of tobacco and vaping products:

Penalties:  Smoking, Vaping or Use of Tobacco

1st offense:  3 days OSS (Out-of-School Suspension) and $50.00 Civil Infraction Ticket issued by Muskegon Township Officer

2nd offense: 5 Days OSS and $100.00 Civil Infraction Ticket issued by Muskegon Township Officer

3rd offense: 10 days OSS and $300.00 Civil Infraction Ticket issued by Muskegon Township Officer.

We want our readers to know that, included in this section of our student handbook is the administrative option (1st time offenders) to assign ASD (After-School-Detention) in lieu of OSS days to those students who agree to attend tobacco/vaping cessation or other qualified counseling programming.  It is our desire that students make healthy choices and this option has helped some of our students in past cases.

For more information on vaping, please refer to the article posted here on Rocket News dated October 25, 2018.  Thanks for reading!