Vaping and Tobacco Products

Vaping and Tobacco Products
Dear GMS Family,

Over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of students who are using or who possess
an e-cigarette, commonly referred to as a “vape,” while on campus or at school-related events. Vaping is
against the law for anyone under the age of 18, and it is not allowed on campus or at school-related events for

Georgetown Middle School has been addressing this problem by talking with students about the possible
dangers of vaping. We are not only concerned with the legality of under aged vaping, but also of the potential
long-term health risks.

GMS will continue the disciplinary action for vaping or possession of any vaping paraphernalia (pods, juice,

battery packs, etc.) to include a minimum of three (3) days of out of school suspension for the first
offense with possible progressive discipline for subsequent offenses. We want to be clear that there may
be disciplinary consequences for all students who are in possession of vaping paraphernalia or who are
complicit with others who are vaping. This is in accordance with the GMS Handbook.

Lastly, we are asking for your help. Please take some time to speak with your child about the dangers of

using tobacco products, including vapes. We realize that it may be a difficult and even controversial subject
to bring up for some. However, our greatest concern is for the health and safety of our students. As always,
we appreciate your support and help in maintaining a safe learning environment for all students.


Seth Hillman, Principal

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