Code of Conduct Updated for Electronic Smoking Devices

The safety of students, including their physical health, is of utmost concern to us. We have seen an unfortunate rise in the use of vapes by students, leading to several health emergencies. According to scientific studies, vaping leads to nicotine addiction, slower brain development in teens, chronic lung disease, asthma, and other respiratory problems. In addition, some vapes contain unknown harmful additives and are laced with drugs unbeknownst to the user.


The use of electronic smoking devices such as vapes, tobacco, and drugs is already prohibited on school grounds. Any student caught with those items on their person or having used them on school grounds is subject to disciplinary action per the Colquitt County School District Student Behavior Code. Please see the District Student Handbook for details on the consequences of being caught with any of these items.


This notice informs students, parents, and guardians that beginning Friday, December 1, 2023, any student caught with an electronic smoking device such as a vape will be charged by local law enforcement with Prohibited Acts under Georgia Code 16-12-171. These charges will be in addition to the school-level disciplinary actions outlined in the handbook.


Vaping among young teens and adults is a growing epidemic, leading to serious long-term consequences. If you are unaware of the health risks associated with vaping or are unsure of the signs that someone is vaping, please visit the resources we have listed below.



Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults  English / Spanish

Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and Young People – Spanish and English Resources Available


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