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Osakis School Board discusses student vaping

During his regular report, high school principal Brad Hoffarth said when students are caught vaping they are presented with options to help them quit.

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OSAKIS โ€” The Osakis School District is taking a proactive approach to student vaping.

The issue was discussed at the district's regular school board meeting on Monday, April 10.

During his regular report, high school principal Brad Hoffarth said when students are caught vaping they are presented with options to help them quit.

"We're setting them up with Minnesota Department of Health resources, and sharing that information with parents as well," Hoffarth said. "The scary thing is, it starts as early as seventh grade. We wonder where they're coming from. In some cases they're coming from home. In other cases they're coming from friends, older friends, whatever they may be."

Hoffarth continued, "We've had situations where there are Visa cards purchased, and then you can make online orders regardless of your age. It's an all-around bad deal."

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The most common vaping devices the district has seen are Loon MAAX disposables, which have been found in the trash, and which some students also try to flush down the toilet, Hoffarth said.

"Just last week we had multiple devices that we confiscated, and the saddest part that I witnessed (was) I had multiple students tell me they were addicted," he said. "For them to get through the day they have to do it."

Some of the other items discussed at the school board meeting were:

  • Prom will take place on Saturday, April 29, with grand march starting in the high school gym at 7 p.m. The dance will take place in the cafeteria, and after prom will take place throughout the building from 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Juniors and seniors will participate in community clean up day on Wednesday, May 10. The students will take part from 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., working on various projects throughout the community.
  • Graduation week will take place from May 22 through May 26. The senior awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 22 in the auditorium. The seniors' last day of school will be May 23, with dismissal at 2 p.m. and a hallway parade as they leave the building. Graduation practice will take place at the football field during seventh hour. Graduation itself will be held at 6 p.m. on May 26 at the football field, with a parade to follow.
Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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