This week, Dr. Colleen Iannitti, the principal at Jupiter Higher College in Palm Beach County, Florida, broke the news to students that there will be no much more bathroom breaks due to vaping. Beneath the new policy, they will have to use the restroom in the six minutes allotted in involving periods. There will be no bathroom breaks for the duration of class, save for emergencies, in which case the student will be escorted by an assistant principal.

Widespread e-cigarette use, Iannitti insisted, left the college no option.

“Since final year, we’ve had a big challenge, and the challenge is with vaping in the bathrooms,” Iannitti told students for the duration of the school’s every day video announcements for Thursday. “Many of you are just going to the bathrooms so you can meet up with your good friends and smoke and vape and do all these sorts of factors that you shouldn’t be performing in the bathroom.”

Iannitti claimed that students have been rushed to the emergency space “on a weekly basis” due to “something that they smoked in a single of our bathrooms.”

“Every single day, considering the fact that college began, we have discovered a student, or various students, in our bathrooms who have been vaping,” she stated.

“It is a big challenge,” Iannitti added. “That is the explanation why we’re asking teachers not to enable you out of class like they ordinarily would for the reason that when you are left out of class and just calling your good friends and going to the bathrooms and vaping, little ones are acquiring seriously ill from it.”

New Policy Echoes Vaping Issues in the U.S.

Adults across America—from lawmakers to parents, administrators to doctors—have sounded the alarm more than e-cigarette use amongst youth, specifically amid a surge in hospitalizations and deaths connected to vaping. But even though these issues are properly-founded, the new policy at Jupiter Higher seems…a bit intense. It requires only a moment of consideration to see how the restrictive guidelines are problematic—whether for students with disabilities, pregnant students, or transgender students for whom trips to the bathroom may well currently bring about strain.

Iannitti stated she has heard from a lot of parents who are concerned about the vaping challenge, but nearby news channel WPTV reports that some parents of Jupiter students also harbor some misgivings with the new guidelines.

“I recognize the concern from the school’s point of view, I just do not know if it is the most effective or helpful privacy matter as far as obtaining a person comply with you about when you use the restroom,” stated parent Jeff Glassgold, as quoted by WPTV.

Iannitti indicated that the bathroom restrictions could be loosened, telling students in the video that they will be anticipated to comply with the new guidelines “for the subsequent handful of weeks and see if we can get students to quit vaping in our bathroom[s].”