Spring Branch ISD

Safety & Security Messages

January message

SBISD Chief of Police Bruce Dareing


(Spanish)

Dear SBISD Families,

Vapes and e-cigarettes have become commonly used devices amongst our teens and adolescents. As we start the new year, we must be informed about the dangers of vaping for our students.

Smoking or vaping is not allowed on any SBISD premises or at school-related functions. Students found to be in possession of them will face consequences in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct.

Nearly all vapes contain nicotine, making them highly addictive. On average, the nicotine in one vape equals 50 cigarettes. Additionally, the harmful chemicals, many of which are also found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray, cause many health problems. Vaping has been linked to lung disease, respiratory problems, and even depression and anxiety.

There are many misconceptions surrounding the use of these devices, such as vape devices producing harmless water vapor. This is not the case, as they produce aerosol mist that is very damaging to your child’s well-being.

Please take some time to review the information below and start a conversation with your child about the dangers of vaping.

Using e-cigarettes and vapes: 

  1. Can make your child three times as likely to start smoking cigarettes. 
  2. Is not safer than smoking cigarettes. 
  3. Is illegal for individuals under 21 years old. 
  4. Can affect your child’s focus, memory and self-control.

Signs of vaping include: 

  1. New health issues, including coughing or wheezing. 
  2. Vape and e-cigarette supplies, such as cartridges and unfamiliar pens, USB drives, or chargers.   
  3. A sweet scent in the air, due to many vape and e-cigarettes containing sweet flavors. 
  4. Nosebleeds, which result from the damaging chemicals in the devices.

The number of teens and adolescents using vapes and e-cigarettes is alarming. Join SBISD for Parent U – Vaping 101: What Parents Need to Know on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. via Zoom to learn more about these devices and how you can help your child if you suspect they are using.

Be sure to share with your child the negative consequences of vaping and its long-lasting, damaging effects on their mental and physical development.

The safety, security, and wellness of our students is everyone’s responsibility and will always be our highest priority.

Sincerely,

D. Bruce Dareing
SBISD Chief of Police 

The safety and security of all students and staff members in Spring Branch ISD is the highest priority of our Board of Trustees.

Please make sure we have your correct contact information and keep us informed of any changes in your phone number or other contact information throughout the year. Update your contact information in Family Access. If we don't have your updated contact information, we won't be able to send you essential messages or alerts in the event of an emergency. (This includes weather-related school closure alerts information/updates.)

You are our most critical partners in ensuring the safety and security of our children and our schools. Please practice and emphasize to your children the importance of our “See something- say something” protocol. Use the Anonymous Reporting link that is prominent on every campus website to share a concern, or information we need to know. Or, call the SBISD Police Department at 713-984-9805.

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