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AISD police chief advises board on traffic safety, vape crackdown | #schoolsaftey

The Amarillo Independent School Board held a special meeting Tuesday morning with only executive session for discussion, regarding House Bill 3 compliance and school safety/security. Paul Bourquin, Chief of the Amarillo ISD Police and Safety Department, spoke about the new vape policy for all Texas public schools and advised the community to be aware of the traffic issues that a new school year can bring for unfamiliar drivers.

“Parents and our community need to watch for school zones with school starting next week,” Bourquin said. “Slow down in these zones and ensure we have no accidents. I urge patience at drop and pick up times. Be patient as staff and the kids are learning these routines.”

Bourquin stressed that if parents or students see something concerning, they should say something. Any concerns can be directed to school officials with an eye on safety.

One of the new measures required by the Texas House Bill 114 state law this school year starting Sept. 1 is that any student caught with a vape device will be mandatorily placed into the alternative education program, which would be outside of the regular school. This bill includes being caught with, selling or under the influence on or within 300 feet of school property. Also covered under this new measure are any school-sanctioned events.

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