N.J. schools install detectors to stop kids from vaping in bathrooms

Joshua Fitch

In a recent effort to keep students from [steaming] between classes, several high schools in New Jersey are turning to a new form of security that acts as a deterrent: a steam generator.

South Plainfield High School installed “multiple” detectors in bathrooms and other locations on Friday, January 24, according to caretaker director Robert Dill. He refused to say exactly how many detectors or places to install but said that the bathroom was a priority.

“We are trying to create a comfortable and safe environment for all students,” Dill told NJ Advance Media. “This maximizes our efforts to keep our students healthy and safe.”

The Vape HALO sensor is very sensitive and absorbs various elements in the air, including humidity, temperature and various chemicals, according to Diehl. He said they wanted to keep the details of the detector secret, but basically, they collected chemicals in the air and sent messages to several administrators.

According to Diehl, detectors that cost $ 1,000 each and were purchased from A + Technology & Security Solutions are also fake. When someone tries to fix the problem, a beep sounds and a notification is issued.

“They are difficult to fake,” he said. “When you touch it, the signal goes off immediately and it’s location-specific.”

The money for the detector comes from the regional security budget, he said.

Both Diel and Noreen Lishak, district managers, stressed that South Plainfield did not have a specific problem, but was looking for a solution to a common steaming problem.

“Even though only a handful of students have the consequences of dropping out of school, we believe that even some are too much,” Lishak wrote to NJ Advance Media. “We intend to use a steam detector as a deterrent to maintain the health and well-being of our students.”

Other regions do the same thing. Sparta High School installed detectors in two bathrooms earlier this year and plans to add more, said Ronnie Spring.

Spring expressed Lishak’s opinion that detectors must prevent them and said they were “very effective” at reducing the amount of steam in the bathroom.

Glen Rock High School also plans to install a detector this spring, but more as a pilot program, with the option to add more detectors if proven effective. The region plans to buy FlySense detectors from Soter Technologies, another big company that sells steam detectors, said Chief John Arlott.

The Cranford school district began installing detectors in secondary schools in the first week of January and plans to complete the installation by the end of February, said supervisor Scott Rubin.

“The hope is that they can stop/stop yawning,” Rubin wrote in an email. “The Cranford Board of Education will look for a budget for additional detectors in the region.”