Students in Bryan schools are not allowed to have electronic cigarettes on campus, and the policy may soon include anyone who comes onto district grounds.
At a Monday workshop meeting, the school board considered extending the policy to cover parents and members of the community. District employees are already prohibited from having electronic cigarettes on district property and at school-related activities, on or off campus.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that give off doses of nicotine, and possibly other additives, through an aerosol device that often looks like a regular cigarette with a glowing LED light. The school board added e-cigarettes to the list of prohibited items in the student code of conduct in June, and the rule went into effect this school year.
"This policy is specific to members of the public, though it also aligns with the student code of conduct, which prohibits students from using electronic cigarettes and accessories," said Crystal Goodman, the district's executive director of human resources.
Goodman said spectators at high school football games have used electronic cigarettes this year. And a parent had used one of the devices during a parent conference, she said, so district administrators felt the need to expand the current policy beyond students.
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