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The 88th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 114 (HB 114) in response to the growing concerns surrounding e-cigarettes and vaping among young people. This law mandates that any student found in possession of, using, selling, giving, or delivering an e-cigarette (a vape device) on school premises or at any school-affiliated event must receive a discipline consequence at the District’s Alternative Learning Center (ALC). Bridge City ISD has made necessary adjustments to the Student Code of Conduct in order to comply with this new law.

How this might impact your student:

  1. If your student possesses an e-cigarette (even if it contains nothing) or any component, part or accessory for any vaping device while on school grounds or at a school-related event, they will be recommended for a mandatory placement at the ALC for at least 20 days for first-time e-cigarette offenses.
  2. It is important to note your student assumes responsibility for any item knowingly within their possession, even if it is not their own.
  3. When at the ALC, your student is not able to participate in any school activities. Furthermore, they may face removal from specific student clubs or organizations as stipulated by each organization's rules and regulations.
  4. Students with ALC placements do not qualify for final exam exemptions for that school year.
  5. Bus transportation is not provided to the Alternative Learning Centers.

Parent/Guardian's next steps::

  1. Please talk with your student to ensure they are informed about the new law.
  2. Prompt your student to be aware of the contents of their backpack, vehicle, and personal belongings.
  3. Remind your student not to allow friends to store prohibited items, such as e-cigarettes, in their backpack or vehicle, and discourage them from holding such items on behalf of others.
  4. Talk with your student regarding the adverse health effects of vaping. We have shared resources below to help you start the conversation.
    1. CDC E-Cigarette Use Among Youth
    2. American Lung Association E-cigarettes & Vaping: What Parents Should Know
    3. Texas Health and Human Resources Vaping Resources

We deeply appreciate your cooperation and support in ensuring that Bridge City ISD remains a safe, healthy, and thriving educational environment for all students. If you have any questions please contact your campus administration.