New Milford High School is changing its policy on how to prevent vaping after pushback from students.
School administrators had chosen to close the bathrooms on the second and third floors during lunches and between classes in an effort to better monitor students and prevent vaping. However, the updated bathroom rules prompted backlash from students who said they were waiting in long lines just to use the restroom.
An online petition opposed to the measure gained hundreds of signatures and the attention of the superintendent, who said she learned of the issue Wednesday.
In response to that and further conversation with students, school officials decided to reopen the bathrooms.
School officials are still looking for ways to crack down on the dramatic increase in vaping they’ve seen among students.
“The dialogue regarding ending vaping by students will continue and options will continue to be explored,” a letter from the superintendent’s office read.