High schools in Oldham County are installing sensors to detect e-cigarette use

As vaping among teens skyrockets, a Louisville-area school district has a new device to detect it. Small but mighty, it’s installed in bathrooms in all four of Oldham County’s high schools. The Halo Smart Sensor not only detects vaping products, but also fights and loud noises by immediately alerting staff via SMS and email. “It recognizes which restroom the alert is coming from, so an administrator or whoever can get in there quickly and try to intervene in whatever’s going on,” said Eric Davis, director of student services at Oldham County Schools. Davis says “that high schools have seen a significant increase in vaping cases this year. Of the 52 drug and alcohol offenses committed by students so far, vaping has been the vast majority.” are, and we don’t want that for any child,” Davis said. School officials say the effort is not simply to punish students. But they can be suspended if caught. “There are penalties, but also trying to get help if a student needs it,” Davis said. “They do an assessment and we connect them to community providers for support.” In this way, the district is addressing a dangerous trend and working to curb it by taking the necessary steps to improve health and well-being of the students in their care have the ability to stop it completely since kids are only here six to seven hours a day, but we don’t want it in our schools,” Davis said. The sensors began as a pilot project a few years ago and are funded by the Education Council.

As vaping among teens skyrockets, a Louisville-area school district has a new tool to detect it.

Small but mighty, it’s installed in the bathrooms of all four of Oldham County’s high schools. The Halo Smart Sensor not only detects vaping products, but also fights and loud noises by immediately alerting staff via SMS and email.

“It identifies which restroom the alarm is coming from, so an administrator or whoever can get in there quickly and try to intervene with whatever’s going on,” said Eric Davis, director of student services at Oldham County Schools.

Davis says high schools saw a significant increase in vaping cases this year.

Of the 52 drug and alcohol offenses committed by college students to date, vaping has been the vast majority.

“I’ve seen some medical emergencies that have arisen because of this, and we don’t want that for any child,” Davis said.

School officials say the effort isn’t simply to punish students, but they can be suspended if caught.

“There’s punitive action, but there’s also an element of trying to get help to a student if they need it,” Davis said. “They make an assessment and we connect them to community providers for support.”

This is the district’s way of addressing a dangerous trend and working to contain it by taking the necessary steps to prioritize the health and well-being of the students in its care.

“I don’t know if we’ll be able to stop it completely since the kids are only here six to seven hours a day, but we don’t want it in our schools,” Davis said.

The sensors started as a pilot project a few years ago and are funded by the Board of Education.

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