Official says vape sensor project a success

Nov. 19—CLOVIS — Vape sensors installed in the high school and middle schools are doing their job, Clovis Municipal Schools board members were told at Tuesday’s November meeting. CMS Operations Director Loran Hill addressed the board on the success of the installation of the vape detectors, a $300,000 project according to Hill. The sensing devices resemble a household smoke alarm and are wired to send information to the school’s office.


“There were 643 [vape detection] incidents in the first 10 days between Clovis High School and Yucca [Middle School],” Hill said. Hill said of those incidents 24 involved THC vaping, THC being the active ingredient in cannabis. The Clovis Police Department was called in on those incidents. Hill and CHS Instructional Coach Kori Strickland spoke to the board on how installation of the vape sensors has modified behavior of some students. Both spoke of incidents where if a student who wasn’t vaping encountered a vaping student or smelled vaping some students would immediately turn and leave the restroom.


Hill said the sensors can also detect “masking,” a term for spraying scent in the bathrooms to try to cover vaping smells. After the meeting, Hill said since the sensors were installed Oct. 24 there had been 1302 total vape incidents, 643 during the first 10 days and 659 since then, from Nov. 7 until Tuesday. In relation to social media comments that bathrooms at CHS had been closed because of vaping incidents Strickland said, “Children have not been without bathrooms at Clovis High School.”


Bathrooms in some of the smaller buildings have been locked during what is called “passing period” during class change. “We are hoping as incidents of vaping go down, we can open the bathrooms in the smaller buildings,” Strickland said. “Kids always have access to bathrooms.”