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1520 - COMPREHENSIVE TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOL POLICY
1000 - COMMUNITY RELATIONS
1520 COMPREHENSIVE TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOL POLICY
Last Updated Date: 03/31/2015
Revisions History: 03/31/2015, 02/05/2009
Related Policies & Documents: 1530, 4317, 5220, 5300.25, 5300.30, 5300.70, 9320, 9330, 9610
The Manhasset Public Schools recognizes its responsibility to promote the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and others on school property and at school-sponsored activities. In light of scientific evidence that the use of tobacco or tobacco products is hazardous to health, and to be consistent with federal and state law, it is the intent of the Manhasset Public Schools to maintain a tobacco-free environment. This comprehensive tobacco-free school policy will serve as a narrative for the school board adopted policies referring to tobacco or tobacco products.
Manhasset Public Schools joined the statewide effort of the New York State Department of Health administered locally by Western Suffolk BOCES through the tobacco-free Schools Project. By doing so we intend to effectively implement this tobacco-free school policy to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco products from all facilities, property, vehicles, and events, as well as limit exposure to secondhand smoke.
Tobacco or Tobacco Products - any cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, or any other smoking product or electronic smoking device; as well as spit tobacco, also known as smokeless, dip, chew, and snuff; and any other spit tobacco product in any form.
School Property - any building, structure or vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by the Manhasset Public Schools.
School Grounds - property surrounding buildings and structures, athletic grounds, parking lots, or any other outdoor property owned, leased, or contracted by the Manhasset Public Schools.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies have shown that schools with a formal written policy that is regularly and strongly enforced report lower rates of smoking among adolescents. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University reports, “95 percent of teens who smoke cigarettes start at or before age 15. Average age of first use for these teens is 12 ¼.”
Clearly, a tobacco-free school environment is necessary for students and staff to reach their goals. It is our hope that the comprehensive tobacco-free school policy will help change community norms so that children are not exposed to tobacco use, do not witness others using tobacco and are not encouraged to use it themselve
No person is permitted to use tobacco or tobacco products at any time, including non-school hours, on school property or grounds, including district vehicles and personal vehicles. Tobacco or tobacco products use is prohibited by students, staff and visitors at any school-sponsored event or activity off campus.
Instruction to discourage the use of tobacco or tobacco products shall be included in the health education provided for all school pupils. Staff responsible for teaching tobacco use prevention shall have adequate training and participate in ongoing professional development activities to effectively deliver the education program as planned.
No student is permitted to possess tobacco or tobacco products on school property, grounds, or at any school-sponsored event or activity off campus.
Distribution or sale of tobacco or tobacco products, including any smoking device is prohibited on school property, grounds, and at any school-sponsored event or activity off campus.
Tobacco or tobacco products advertising is prohibited on school property, grounds, and at any school-sponsored event or activity off campus, and in all school-sponsored publications. Students are prohibited from wearing or having in their possession tobacco promotional items, including clothing, bags, lighters, and other personal articles on school property, grounds, or at any school-sponsored event or activity off campus. School acceptance of gifts or funding from the tobacco industry is prohibited.
Referrals and access to community resources and programs to help students and staff overcome tobacco addiction are provided to staff and students.
The school community will be informed annually of the policy and the consequences for violations. Tobacco-Free School Policy signage has been strategically placed in school buildings and on school grounds in accordance to NYS law. The Board designates the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee as agent responsible for informing individuals using tobacco products in our non-smoking district that they are in violation.