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E-Cigarette & Vaping Informaion

E-Cigarettes and Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

E-cigarettes have become very popular. These devices (also called e-cigs, vape pens, e-hookah, e-cigars, mechanical mods, and pod systems) are not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports actions to prevent children and youth from using or being exposed to the vapor from e-cigarettes. This fact sheet offers facts and tips for parents to help address e-cigarette use and exposure.

Common types of e-cigarettes

Health Harms

The solution and vapor from e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, some of which cause cancer The nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive and can harm brain development E-cigarettes are not recommended as a way to quit smoking In some cases, e-cigarettes have exploded, causing burns or fires Exposure to secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful to growing lungs Long-term health effects on users and bystanders are still unknown E-cigarettes can be used to smoke or "vape" marijuana, herbs, waxes, and oils

Dangers to Youth

E-cigarettes are the most commonly-used tobacco product among teens: in 2018, over 20% of high school students reported having used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days

Youth are uniquely vulnerable to the nicotine in e-cigarettes because their brains are still developing Youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes in the future Children are exposed to e-cigarette advertising in the media, online, and in magazines and billboards E-cigarettes appeal to children because they come in fun flavors like fruit, bubble-gum and candy Although it is illegal for e-cigarettes to be sold to youth under age 18, they can be ordered online

Risk of Poisoning

E-cigarette solutions can poison children and adults through swallowing or skin contact A young child can be killed by very small amounts of nicotine: less than half a teaspoon. Because of this, liquid nicotine is required to be sold in childproof packaging

Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include sweating, dizziness, vomiting, and increased heart rate. Calls to poison control centers related to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in the last 5 years If exposure to liquid nicotine occurs, call the local poison center at 1-800-222-1222

Recommendations for Parents

The best way to protect your children is to never smoke or vape in the house, in the car, or in places that children spend time. Talk with your doctor about ways to help you quit tobacco products Talk to your children about the dangers of e-cigarettes, and make sure you can identify them If you are an e-cigarette user, always keep e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine locked and out of the reach of children. Protect your skin if handling e-liquid

For more information about these devices, including statistics and citations, please visit

CDC Tobacco Education Website

Santa Clara County Tobacco Use Prevention Website




Academic Honesty Policy


With the desire to prepare students for the demands of college, we take cheating, copying and plagiarizing seriously. For students who take part in academic dishonesty, teachers will utilize the following protocol:

  1. Student receives a zero for the assignment and cannot make up the assignment in question.
  2. Student receives a referral for academic dishonesty.
  3. Student receives further consequences from administration when warranted.
  4. Parents receive a phone call and an offer to set up a parent-teacher conference from teacher of record.

Academic Honesty Policy

Academic integrity is a priority at CHS. Any student committing offenses of cheating, copying, plagiarizing, misrepresentation of student work, or acts that are similar in nature will be subject to consequences. The first offense will result in no credit on the assignment(s) and a parent-teacher conference. Subsequent offenses will result in no credit on the assignment(s) and school consequences including Saturday School and suspension where warranted. Continued academic fraud or dishonesty could result in transfer to an alternative site or placement in another program.

Attendance Area

School assignment for Christopher High School is based on district adopted attendance areas. To find the school assignment for your address click on the school finder link below and follow the instructions. Find your school with School Finder

Attendance Information

Compulsory attendance is the law in California from age 6 until 18 (Education Code Section 482600).

  • A student who has three unexcused absences or three tardies or absences of more than 30 minutes, or any combination thereof, without valid excuse is considered legally truant.
  • A student that has six unexcused absences or six tardies or absences of more than 30 minutes, or any combination thereof is considered habitually truant and may be referred to the district attorney’s office for legal action. (Education Code Section 48260.5).

All absences must be cleared within five (5) school days through the attendance office, as follows:

  • A written note from the parent/guardian or parent representative.
  • A conversation with school office staff and the parent/ guardian or parent representative.
  • A visit to the student’s home by school district personnel.
  • Any reasonable method that verifies that the student was absent for the reasons stated.
  • A physician’s verification.
  • Confirmation by school staff of confidential medical appointments.

Failure to notify the school office staff of an absence within 5 school days will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused and will apply towards truancy.

Absence Information


1. Personal illness.

2. Quarantine by county or city health officer.

3. Medical appointments.

4. Funeral services for member of immediate family (1 day in state, 3 days out of state).

5. Jury duty for students.

6. Participation in a school activity in which the student represents the school or district.

7. Appearance in court either as a defendant or a subpoenaed witness.

8. Observation of a holiday or a ceremony of the student’s religion.

9. Attendance at a funeral service.

10. Attendance at religious retreats (4 hours per semester maximum).

11. Attending an employment conference when approved in advance by the principal.

12. An absence while in Juvenile Hall, Children’s Shelter, or other custodial facilities.

13. Suspensions which have been made-up through a prescribed alternative.

14. Additional absences due to item 5, with the principal’s approval.

15. Administrative summons or when detained by other school personnel.

16. Appointments with attorneys, law enforcement officers and probation officers.

17. Personal or family emergency when approved in advance by the principal.

18. Absence to care for one’s ill child when the student is the custodial parent.

19. Attendance at a governmental or judicial function or an organized visitation to a post-graduate institution relevant to the student’s current course of study, with the principal’s advanced approval.

The State does not fund districts for absent students, even if the absences are excused.


1. *Family trips for pleasure or recreational reasons.

2. An absence without an excusable reason, even if initiated by a parent/guardian or parent representative.

3. An absence, which has not been verified (cleared) within five school days.

4. An absence for which advanced approval was required.

5. An absence caused by temporary custody in the Gilroy Police Department Sweep Program.

6. A non-excused tardy of more than 30 minutes to a classroom or locker room.

7. Any tardy to Saturday School or other school truancy abatement program.

8. An absence requiring verification from a physician, school nurse or other qualified school personnel, which was not verified as required.

The 10% rule: When a student has accrued absences due to illness equal to ten (10%) percent of the school days, from the day of enrollment to the current day, subsequent absences must be verified by a physician, school nurse or school personnel. Absences must be cleared daily, unless other arrangements are made with the school principal or designee.

*Students in grades K-12 may be granted the option of Short-term Independent Study for anticipated absences of 5-10 days. A meeting must be scheduled with the principal, in advance

GUSD - Board Policies

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Attendance Office

To Report an Absence-Call/Email:

669-205-5300 (CHS Main Line)

Anai Pineda

Andora Salcido

Melissa Vernon