It is possible for students who get caught violating the Tobacco Free Schools Policy to receive a suspension in Jeffco schools. According to Jen Bolcoa, health education liaison for the school …
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It is possible for students who get caught violating the Tobacco Free Schools Policy to receive a suspension in Jeffco schools. According to Jen Bolcoa, health education liaison for the school district, schools tend to use alternative discipline strategies when dealing with students vaping on campus.
“This year especially there has been a greater interest in alternatives to suspension, which is why I’ve been working with our discipline office to develop and make available a range of resources schools can use,” Bolcoa said.
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Many of these strategies are focused on educating students about the health risks associated with e-cigarette use, including the risk of addiction, since research says students still don’t understand what is in the liquid.
Bolcoa is also working with others in the district to roll out a progressive discipline policy for 2019-20 that holds students accountable to the policy but provides primarily educational and restorative activities, as opposed to punitive discipline.
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