Coalition Seeks Alternative To Suspending Students For…


Coordinator Jessica Camarena offers a presentation to a well being class at Warsaw High School. Photo offered by Live Well Kosciusko.

News Release

WINONA LAKE – The Tobacco Free Coalition at Live Well Kosciusko lately had the chance to host leaders who make up the Northern Region of the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Division of the Indiana Department of Health.

Thanks to an identical present of Kosciusko Cash by the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, members loved lunch at Cerulean. Buffalo Street Emporium & Books offered presents of chocolate and biscotti. 

Attendees spent the afternoon discussing the way in which native center and excessive faculties deal with college students who’re caught vaping. For many faculties, the one possibility they’ve is suspension and quotation. Several coordinators from different counties shared their efforts to convey an alternative choice to out-of-school suspension.

“One county coordinator shared information about the educational classes they give to students and their parents or guardians instead of giving a suspension and citation,” mentioned Coordinator Jessica Camarena.

Education informs members in regards to the risks of vaping and the excessive dangers to an individual’s well being. Educating college students somewhat than an out-of-school suspension prevents the coed from falling behind of their regular studying and coursework by conserving them at school and of their courses.

Currently, native college insurance policies and Indiana authorized code require college students who’re caught with tobacco or vapes to be suspended and obtain a ticket. Live Well presently companions with teen court docket the place college students can select to attend instructional periods in lieu of their ticket.

Live Well Tobacco Free Coordinators, Jessica Camarena and Kim Huntsman, are actually working to implement these instructional periods in lieu of suspension in Kosciusko County Schools. Additionally, they’re giving displays to college students in native faculties as a technique of prevention.

“School administrators, PE/Health teachers, board members, and the law enforcement community have been extremely supportive of the initiative and are working in collaboration with the 26 members of the Tobacco Free Coalition,” defined Lisa Harman, CEO of Live Well Kosciusko.

“Right now, the goal is to educate students, parents and our community,” says Camarena.

Vape-Free Indiana offers sources for Indiana youth, mother and father, and college workers together with directors, lecturers, and well being care suppliers, who’re working to handle the usage of tobacco merchandise, particularly e-cigarettes in faculties. Visit to seek out sources. Teens and younger adults ages 13-24 who need assistance quitting can textual content DITCHVAPE to 88709. Call 800 Quit Now (800 784 8669) at no cost assist!

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