WATERTOWN — Through the Watertown Metropolis College District’s Board of Schooling assembly Tuesday night, Superintendent Patricia B. LaBarr defined to these gathered that there was a noticeable drawback with college students vaping at school restrooms. To fight this, the district is tightening issues up relating to some restroom entry.
Whereas principally related to the highschool, Mrs. LaBarr mentioned she has been working with directors at each the highschool and center faculty, together with faculty useful resource officers.
“We have some serious concerns with the amount of vaping that’s been going on at the high school and as a result of that, some of the activities that are happening within the bathrooms,” Mrs. LaBarr mentioned. “Mainly it was a high school conversation, but we want to make sure if anything is going on in the middle school that we address that as well.”
Mrs. LaBarr mentioned college students are going to the bogs to vape — typically as much as 4 college students go into one stall and shut the door, leaving different college students that want to make use of the restroom unable to take action.
She mentioned college students have been vaping in restrooms throughout the transitional moments in between courses, that are 4 minutes at the highschool, in addition to time earlier than and after faculty. In response, bogs is not going to be open previous to the beginning of faculty at the highschool.
“When school opens, the bathrooms will open and that’s just part of life right now, and when school ends, at the end of the day, most of the bathrooms will be closed with the exception of on the main floor — the second floor in the main entryway,” Mrs. LaBarr mentioned. “Those bathrooms will always be available and they will always be open.”
A few of the different restrooms off the primary areas shall be open as soon as faculty begins, and the district shall be monitoring the perfect it could possibly and doing common cleanings of the bogs, Mrs. LaBarr mentioned.
As quickly because the district will get some extra protocols in place, the highschool principal shall be sending out a ParentSquare message to all mother and father of highschool college students to allow them to know of the restroom adjustments being carried out.
“At the end of the day, these changes are in the best interest of all students so that our students that need to use the restrooms have access to the bathrooms when they need them,” Mrs. LaBarr mentioned. “I’m happy to take any phone calls if parents have questions or need any further explanation.”