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TOBACCO/NICOTINE* FREE ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: To provide guidelines for tobacco/Nicotine* free, District campus, facilities,
Policy: In an effort to provide a healthy learning and working environment for
employees, students and visitors; all District buildings, school grounds, property and
vehicles shall be kept tobacco and nicotine* free. No student, staff member or school
visitor is permitted to use or display any Tobacco/Nicotine* product at any time:
- In any building, facility, or vehicle owned, maintained, leased, rented or chartered
by the district.
- On any school grounds or property owned, maintained, leased, rented or chartered
by the district, including athletic fields, sidewalks and parking lots.
- At any school-sponsored or school-related event on-campus or off-campus.
Examples of prohibited tobacco and nicotine products include, but are not necessarily
limited to, cigarettes, nicotine chew, snus, dissolvables, any simulated smoking devices
such as electronic cigarettes, any electronic devices that can be used to deliver nicotine to
the person inhaling from the device, any other look-alike products in which the original
would include tobacco and/or nicotine and/or other nicotine products that are not
approved by the Federal Drug Administration for tobacco cessation.
The policy may permit tobacco products to be included in instructional or research
activities in public school buildings if the activity is conducted or supervised by the
faculty member overseeing the instruction or research and the activity does not include
smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting the tobacco product.
Enforcement of Tobacco/Nicotine* Free School Environment
The success of this policy will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration and
cooperation of tobacco and non-tobacco users. All employees on school premises share
in the responsibility for adhering to and assisting in compliance with this regulation.
Persons failing to abide by the policy shall be required to extinguish and/or dispose of the
tobacco/nicotine* product in a safe manner and/or leave the school grounds and property
Students who willfully violate the policy will be treated in accordance with Good
Conduct Regulation and Procedure RP502.1A and/or Possession and use of Controlled
Substances, Code No. 502.3.
Employees who willfully violate the policy will be considered as demonstrating
insubordination. Their conduct will be treated through due process procedures.
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Visitors or Community members who rent school facilities will be required to sign a
statement indicating their assumption of the responsibility to adhere to the tobacco free
school environment policy as required in Guidelines for Community Use of District
Facilities, RP1004.1A. It will be their responsibility to supervise their own activities to
accomplish a Tobacco/Nicotine* free environment. Violation of this policy by the
members of a group may effect adversely that group’s future utilization of school
grounds and property.
*“Nicotine products” means any product containing nicotine or other preparation of
tobacco and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts
of nicotine. “Nicotine product” does not include any cessation product specifically
approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in reducing,
treating, or eliminating nicotine or tobacco dependence.
Cross Reference: Possession and Use of Controlled Substance – Policy #502.3
Substance Free Workplace – Policy 403.9 and RP403.9