Dear CHS Parents,
On Monday, October 28th, members of the Catholic High administrative team attended a meeting of principals, assistant principals, and deans of students from Diocesan schools. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about anti-vaping efforts in all of our schools. Like schools across the Diocese of Lafayette, we are pursuing anti-vaping efforts by providing education, enforcing anti-vaping policies, conducting quality student searches, and implementing disciplinary consequences for violators.
Catholic High is committed to keeping our students safe and healthy. We are exploring the possibility of installing vapor detectors in our bathrooms and locker rooms, and we will be talking with representatives from the professional drug screening companies that we employ to add screenings for nicotine to our panel of tests.
Some parents have been in dialogue with us about what they can do at home. Please continue to talk with your middle and high school-aged children about this dangerous and escalating trend among teens and make your expectations clear. Peer pressure to vape can be relentless, so giving your teenager some strategies to say no without losing social credibility would be helpful. Some parents have begun purchasing at-home nicotine tests and randomly testing their children. If a teenager knows that a positive test for nicotine or other drugs will result in consequences such as losing driving privileges or not being allowed to attend parties or other social events, for example, he or she may be more able to say no to vaping. One such test listed on Amazon, the Nicotest, is described as “the first on-site test to detect Vapor and E-Cigarette use. Even occasional use is readily detected. Sensitive enough to detect occasional use yet not so sensitive as to detect second-hand smoke.”
Thank you in advance for partnering with us as we all help our students to make good choices.
On behalf of the CHS administration and faculty,
Mrs. Shannon Aucoin, Dean of Students