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Superintendent Message - Dangers of Vaping

December 12, 2018

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Longwood Central School District, similar to many schools across Long Island, has seen a growing trend of youth vaping. Since the start of the 2018-19 school year, we have seen a 75 percent increase in vaping among our students, primarily at the secondary level. This dramatic increase has us concerned; as I am sure, you are as well. Our goal is to continue to offer educational opportunities for our students and our families on the potential dangers and health risks involved.

According to the Surgeon General, vaping can quickly lead to nicotine addiction, which may lead teens to smoke traditional cigarettes. There is also the concern that devices used for vaping can be used for marijuana and other illegal drugs. Additionally, flavor cartridges do not provide a complete list of ingredients, leaving students unsure of what they are inhaling. Whether nicotine, marijuana or flavored liquid, vaping carries toxic chemicals into the lungs.

The District’s Code of Conduct prohibits the use or possession of any tobacco products, vaping, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The use or possession of these substances can have severe consequences for students. Please understand that vaping and vaping paraphernalia are prohibited on school premises.

The Board of Education Safety Committee recently presented a Parent and Community University workshop about the risks of vaping and launched a new website, Longwood Cares at www.longwoodcares.com, which includes resources for health and substance abuse. Our health curriculum provides age-appropriate classroom instruction for students K-12 to help students understand the significance of making healthy choices.

Two of our high school assistant principals Mrs. Conlon and Mrs. Merkle have prepared the attached comprehensive power point presentation (see below). Please take a moment to review the information included. The content will provide you with resources to begin a conversation with your child about the risks of vaping.

We will continue to provide additional educational opportunities for our students as the year progresses, and we ask that you join us in our ongoing effort to help our students’ make good decisions.

Sincerely,
Dr. Michael R. Lonergan, Superintendent

DANGERS OF VAPING POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
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