Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify the scope of the exception.

Georgetown ISD is considering whether to elect an exemption to House Bill 114, a law mandating harsher penalties for e-cigarettes on school campuses in Texas.

What's happening?

GISD officials will vote on whether to exempt the district from a state law requiring harsher punishments for students for having e-cigarettes regardless of what substance is in the device. The exemption only applies to the part of the mandate regarding nicotine vapes and e-cigarettes.

A new law that went into effect Sept. 1, HB 114, mandates students caught in possession of, selling or using e-cigarettes, also known as vapes; marijuana; or THC products while on campus, at a school-related event or within 300 feet of school property will be required to attend their district's alternative education program, or DAEP.

Students will also be required to complete an agency-approved drug and alcohol awareness program, either in person or online, the bill states.

Wes Vanicek, GISD's chief strategist for assessment and feedback, said the district would instead opt to treat instances of controlled substances on campus based on the type of substance in question rather than the method of delivery. This plan would also only be subject to nicotine vapes and e-cigarettes.

The backstory

GISD's status as a District of Innovation allows it to choose to exempt itself from the statute, Vanicek said. He said if the district chooses to opt out of the law, students possessing, using, selling, giving, or delivering e-cigarettes to another person on school property will result in campus-based disciplinary actions, such as in-school suspension, or a discretionary placement at DAEP. It would not result in an automatic placement at the district's alternative program, depending on the severity of the offense.

What else?

District officials will vote on the measure at the board of trustees' meeting Oct. 16.