North Vancouver high school restricts washroom access to stop students from vaping

Dec 3 2018, 8:22 pm

A North Vancouver school is locking up its bathrooms in order to prevent students from vaping during breaks.

According to a notice posted on the Seycove Secondary’s website, vaping has become a “very serious issue” that needs to be addressed.

Seycove says that all student bathrooms, except those on the main floor by the gymnasium and the Gender-Neutral Bathroom by the office, will be locked until further notice.

The school says it must take action because “Vaping poses significant and immediate health risks for all those who do it.”

Seycove has also taken the following steps to prevent vaping in the school:

  • Locking the PE locker rooms at all times except at the beginning and end of class for changing.
  • Allowing staff to restrict the number of students being out of class during instructional time and monitoring the amount of time they are away.
  • Instructing supervision aides to speak to students who are in the hall during class time and ask them whose class they are supposed to be in.

“The bottom line is that vaping is having a significant negative impact on our community and our learning environment and it is illegal for all of the students in this building for a reason,” said the school in a statement.

Seycove Secondary did not respond to Daily Hive’s request for comment before publication.

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