LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District is preparing to use electronics to prevent students from vaping. The school district has purchased sensors that will detect vaping and will be installed in restrooms at La Grande High School and La Grande Middle School. The sensors, which have been ordered from the HALO Smart Sensor company in Bay Shore, New York, can detect vaping because they monitor air quality.
When the sensors detect vaping, they will alert administrators at the high school and middle school by sending messages to their smartphones, said Joseph Waite, the La Grande School District’s facilities manager. Vaping is illegal in Oregon for those under 21 and it is prohibited on La Grande School District property.