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Security at athletic events and the Iredell-Statesville Schools vaping policy will be discussed at a meeting tonight.

The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board Committee of the Whole meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Lake Norman High, 186 Doolie Road in Mooresville.

The agenda for the meeting showcases a wide array of topics to be discussed, including security at athletic events and a review of the vaping discipline and prevention process.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations Richard Armstrong is set to outline security measures at athletic events. In a memo with the agenda, he outlines some issues near schools since August. It should be noted that these events did not happen on campus and there have been no reports of students being in danger; the system appears to be working to stay informed and prepared.

The memo says that since mid-August, gunshots have rung out near multiple school sporting events. “It is incumbent upon us as administrators to plan for the possibility and communicate protocols and expectations for those under our care and direction.”

The memo further stated that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has “challenged our administrative teams to examine our protocols for an active shooter or violence anywhere on our campuses. We will then take the time to apply these protocols to all athletic venues on our campuses, looking for any holes that might cause problems in our response and any ways we might be able to mitigate the threat of violence during our after-hours athletic events.”

To that end, the Iredell-Statesville Schools Athletic Security Committee planned to meet at the end of January to discuss the situation.

Superintendent Brady Johnson and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Alvera J. Lesane are slated to discuss an employee wellness clinic. The concept as well as potential costs, access, location possibilities and potential partnerships will be discussed.

The vaping policy that was developed last year will also be part of the discussion.

The policy was developed by a group of principals, assistant principals, SAPs, nurses, student services staffers and a board member after examining policies and programming from surrounding districts and a directive from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Vaping among teens has been a national topic for months.

“We recognize this is an epidemic across the nation and are committed to working towards healthier school communities,” a memo said.

The meeting will also include public comments from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and a presentation from Lake Norman High School student Esha Shaw.

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