Johnson City Schools’ officials hosted a meeting with local health officials on Monday in order to develop a path forward to navigate different health issues involving school-aged children. The group had a brainstorming session to help develop action steps to combat regional health issues including vaping, substance abuse and mental health.
During this school year at Science Hill High School, there have been 53 instances of nicotine vapes and 28 instances of THC vapes. According to the Johnson City Schools Code of Conduct, a THC vape, including Delta 8, is considered a legend drug and is treated with a 180-day suspension.
“We are very grateful to our local community health partners for joining us to begin the discussion to help develop different programming for the various public health concerns in our region,” Johnson City Schools Coordinator of School Health Jennifer Norton said. “This was a tremendous opportunity to begin the discussion about different ways to educate our students, staff and parents about these health issues.”
This meeting was sparked after the Johnson City Board of Education’s Five-Year Plan was approved last summer. After state testing is finished, the Washington County Health Department will be going to different Johnson City elementary schools to speak with students about the dangers of vaping and other harmful substances.