E-hallpass, by Eduspire Solutions, is again making headlines. Used by schools all over the country, e-hallpass is not only the ultimate hall pass solution but also a tool to combat the vaping epidemic in schools. The below article originally appeared on the Basehor-Linwood High School’s news website, blhsnews.com, and mentions e-hallpass as a vehicle for monitoring visits to restrooms, which is where much of the school’s vaping occurs.
Basehor-Linwood High School in Basehor, Kansas
March 2, 2020
A statistic from 2018 shows that 20-25% of students currently vape, however a student at the school believes roughly 90% of students have at least tried it.
“Everyone vapes. There’s so many people that do it all the time, which is why I think so many others have at least tried it,” said the student.
This school isn’t the only one dealing with the issues of vaping. Schools throughout the Northeast Kansas region, and the rest of the country are also experiencing issues with keeping vaping off of their campuses. Assistant principal Jared Jackson first noticed the issues surrounding vaping within the school around two years ago.
Absenteeism Remains a Problem
All the EdTech resources in the world can’t improve schools if students aren’t in their seats for the experience. Yes, it’s nearly 2020, and absenteesim is still a widespread problem. EdTech Magazine tells us that “As many as 8 million students were chronically absent from school during the 2015–2016 school year, up from 7.2 million two years earlier, according to national data released in 2018 by Attendance Works. That means 1 in 7 students missed 15 or more days of school.”
Using Tech to Address the Issue of Absenteeism
Schools are getting creative with their approaches to addressing the issue, from sophisticated data like attendance-keeping apps to immersive technologies that boost student engagement — but in-school absenteeism is also an issue that, while just as problematic, may actually be harder to address.
When students have repeated requests to leave the classroom, whether for bathroom and locker visits, nurse calls, or other reasons, they are missing valuable instructional time. This has a similar effect to being absent from school entirely. With any type of repetitive absence, mastery declines, test scores fall, and graduation rates are reduced.
Get Creative with E-Hallpass
Solutions like e-hallpass are among the innovative ways that schools across America are fighting the problem. E-hallpass keeps students in class when it counts by triaging bathroom requests, prioritizing nurse queues, capping the number of allowed passes at a given moment, recording the length of time students are out of class (and sending alerts for those who are gone too long), blocking certain students from meeting in the halls, and more. There are many settings and parameters that can help teachers and administrators combat in-school absenteeism, and these options are configurable and customizable at school and building level.
Additional Benefits to Using E-Hallpass to Combat Absenteeism
E-hallpass has many other helpful features with benefits such as reduced vandalism, increased safety and security, reduced vaping, decreased violence, and more. To learn about everything that e-hallpass can do for your school, schedule a free demo today.
Problems with Vaping at Your School? Consider e-hallpass
School. It’s where our kids go to learn and grow, academically and socially. We hope they’re cultivating passions. We hope they’re excelling, forging lifelong friendships, developing real-world skills. We hope they’re safe. But we are aware that it might also be a place where they are tempted to get into trouble or might be introduced to dangerous and addictive behaviors, like vaping, which has become a nationwide epidemic.
Through the course of a school day, parental reach is limited. Stemming behavioral issues and protecting students has to be an area of concern for teachers, even if mainly to allow students to focus on instructional time and progress. That’s why it’s crucial for educators to have resources and tools that make teaching more effective while also helping provide guardrails that decrease unwanted student behaviors.
Meet e-hallpass. A first-of-its-kind digital hall pass solution that does so much more than provide a sanitary alternative to wood block, laminated, or physical object hall passes. In addition to its time-saving and hands-free benefits for teachers (ahem, fewer interruptions? Yes please!), e-hallpass provides the kind of insight necessary to equip teachers to protect our children from unsafe behavior during school hours and those vulnerable times when students are not in class, but traveling through the hallways.
Providing a level of transparency and accountability never before experienced, e-hallpass offers up-to-date information on students’ whereabouts. With robust reporting and various administrative settings and tools, e-hallpass has been reported to not only reduce classroom interruptions (maximizing instructional time), but also
- Decrease nurse’s office visits by 25-50%
- Significantly impact the occurrence of vandalism, smoking, vaping, and other off-limits behaviors
- Deter students from making bogus pass requests to congregate in the halls or meet other students for social reasons
E-hallpass contains many built-in features to help educators manage student time out of the classroom, such as daily or weekly pass limits, automatic pass blocking, co-occurring pass prevention for specified pairs or groups of students, and comprehensive reporting to analyze patterns of student time out of the classroom.
School should be a place where students learn and grow, not look for opportunities to evade supervision and experiment with risky behaviors. E-hallpass promotes safer schools and safer students. For more information, visit the e-hallpass website or contact an Eduspire Solutions representative today.