Rockwood School District is proactive in taking measures to make sure our students are aware of the hazards of vaping. As in other districts, Rockwood administrators have seen student vaping on the increase in recent years.
Rockwood has vaping and smoking education and prevention information woven into our health classes at the middle and high school levels.
Rockwood health teachers write our curriculum using the Missouri Learning Standards for Health Education as a foundation. The K-12 standards include making healthy choices, lifestyle balance and media influences on health habits and decisions.
Rockwood Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Support Services Dr. Shelley Willott said, “Teachers use the curriculum to plan lessons and discussions appropriate to children's developmental level. Relevant discussions of healthy vs. unhealthy choices include tobacco use/vaping, drugs and alcohol, and they're adjusted as societal trends change. To strengthen these lessons, Rockwood partners with various community agencies, including the Drug Free Schools Coalition, to provide students with the most accurate, up-to-date information.
Rockwood also has DARE in fifth grade, where students focus on making healthy and smart decisions. Much of our vaping information comes with the support of NCADA (formerly the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse).
Rockwood Assistant Superintendent Supervision of Schools Dr. Lisa Counts said, “The Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition is working to make sure all our students understand the dangers of vaping and what to do if they are addicted.”
Drug-Free Coalition Project Coordinator Lili Schliesser said, “Coalition officials are in the process of identifying a vaping curriculum for middle and high schools. Students caught using nicotine vapes would be required to receive education on that curriculum during an in-school suspension.”
Incidents of vaping fall under the category of Imitation Tobacco Products in Rockwood’s Student Discipline and Consequences handbook:Tobacco and Imitation Tobacco Products Possession, use, sale or transfer of any tobacco products by students on district property, in district vehicles or at school-sponsored functions both on and off district property is prohibited. This term “tobacco product” means any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means; including but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, dry snuff, chewing tobacco, snus, dissolvables, electronic cigarettes, nicotine or alternative nicotine vapor products, hookah, and any other smoking product. Violations will be defined as any of the following: 1.) Possession of any tobacco product. 2.) Smoke coming out of mouth or nose. 3.) Smoke coming from an area occupied by students. 4.) The smoking or possession of electronic, "vapor," or other nicotine delivering devices, substitute forms of cigarettes, or any other tobacco innovation. First offense: Confiscation of tobacco products, notification of parents/guardians, and notification of police in accordance with St. Louis County Ordinance and a minimum of three (3) days inschool suspension. Students will be offered resources for available cessation programs. Second offense: Confiscation of tobacco products, notification of parents/guardians, notification of police, and a minimum or three (3) days out-of-school suspension. Students will be offered resources for available cessation programs. Third offense: Confiscation of tobacco products, notification of parents/guardians, parental conference, notification of police, and a minimum of five (5) days out-of-school suspension. Students will be offered resources for available cessation programs.
The vaping devices administrators collect are turned over to the student’s parents.