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School board discussing district efforts to curb student vaping

Original post made on Apr 16, 2019

Combating vaping among students in the Pleasanton Unified School District is the focal point of a presentation that district officials will give at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

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Posted by Reason
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

The changes PUSD staff are proposing for students caught vaping are important improvements. Participation in workshops or an intervention program would definitely increase, and that has to have more impact than just increasing a suspension. I really can’t understand why anyone in education would consider 5 days of suspension helpful in any way to solving this problem. Even three days of missed classes could derail any student who is struggling academically. Suspending them from school sports, or band, or any school club, Ok, but punishing them academically? That’s a misguided idea.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 16, 2019 at 10:15 am

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I would rather see more manual labor punishment - get caught on campus; you're washing school buses (remember when that was ok, and when we actually had school buses to wash?), picking up trash, painting buildings, weeding the yard, volunteer at a lung cancer ward, etc.

Parents have crippled the school's ability to hand out "meaningful" punishments so they can only do what they can do - suspend. And this is impact as parents have to deal with it. Maybe high school kids can stay home by themselves, so less so, but still ensure's parents find out.

I guess for lack of being able to issue other forms of punishment, I'm ok with suspensions. And perhaps, today, in a hyper competitive academic environment to get into the best schools, that is meaningful as the student has to make up the difference to stay "ahead" in academics without the benefit of the teacher's lesson experience?

Posted by Disagree
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 16, 2019 at 9:23 pm

Suspensions are a TERRIBLE approach to this issue. A five-day suspension could completely derail any student's academic success, and thus, may lead to more issues. This district has no common sense when it comes to dealing with our children. Attending a class on the weekend would make more sense, but helping any child "self-medicating" is the best route.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 16, 2019 at 10:17 pm

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self medicating? Give me a break.

Posted by Rich
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Apr 17, 2019 at 2:14 pm

I agree with 5 days of suspension. Otherwise this problem won't go away.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2019 at 4:33 pm

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5 days suspension is not an effective punishment for this.

Posted by Fed Up
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm

So a trip home for the day and an “optional” class is the answer? The problem is so out of control that the District needs to start making the consequences tougher, not lighter. The problem is only going to get worse if the students consequences are even less than they are now. What a joke! So what if there are academic consequences. Maybe the student will think before bringing this crap to school again and again and again. Wake up PUSD!

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Maybe having to work along side the Alameda County medical Examiner during autopsy, the entire routine in the morgue.

Posted by Idea
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Maybe an in school suspension could work? Still go to school, still doing the work. Maybe pick up trash at lunch?

Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 18, 2019 at 7:46 am

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Wanna know how many kids vape at Foothill? Just go to the In & Out parking lot on Friday night after a football game.

Eye opening.

Posted by PLM
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Suspensions don't work. The parents don't care. These kids are a direct reflection of their parents. Better parenting = kids who don't smoke.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 18, 2019 at 3:59 pm

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Suspensions for kids that have parents that don't care don't work, and if I'm following your logic; then these kids are likely just disruptive in general as they don't care. So while they may not help the individual, I'm happy to have them out of the school as a disruption to others.

As a parent who cares, I would absolutely care if my son or daughter was suspended for any activity.

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