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North Vancouver school limits washroom access to cut down on vaping


North Vancouver’s Seycove Secondary has temporarily limited the number of washrooms available in an effort to cut down on instances of student vaping.


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A North Vancouver high school has temporarily limited the number of washrooms available in an effort to cut down on instances of student vaping.

Some parents, however, have expressed concerns over the restricted access to toilets.

In bulletins sent to parents and students last week, school officials at Seycove Secondary said there had been a “recent increase in the amount of vaping at Seycove.”

“It has now become a very serious issue which needs to be addressed,” the bulletin reads.

A school bulletin listed the most popular places for vaping as being school washrooms, locker rooms, in classrooms or inner rooms and off-site in the nearby woods.

As a result, the school is taking a number of steps to try to curb vaping activity on school property including:

• Locking all student washrooms with the exception of a set on the school’s main floor and a gender-neutral washroom by the school’s office “until further notice.”
• Locking physical education locker rooms at all times except during the beginning and end of class for changing.
• Teachers are being asked to restrict the number of students permitted out of class during class time and to monitor the length of their absence.
• Supervision aides will speak with students loitering in hallways during class time.
• Students not scheduled to be in class are required to report to the school’s library, cafeteria or DL centre.

“Vaping poses significant and immediate health risks for all those who do it,” the bulletin continues.

“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.”

More to come.

Are you a student or parent at Seycove Secondary and want to weigh on this issue? Email us at [email protected].


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