The board believes that tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke (environmental tobacco smoke) are hazardous to the health of human beings, especially children. Therefore, the board affirms that one of the best methods of instruction is one that is provided within a 100 percent tobacco-free environment.
The goal of this policy is to provide a 100 percent tobacco-free, smoke-free environment for all students, staff, contract or other workers, and visitors within all district facilities, vehicles, and grounds. This includes any building, facility, and vehicle owned, leased, rented, or chartered by the district. The goal applies to all school-sponsored or school-related events on or off the school grounds. The district commits to the following:
exhibiting healthy behavior for all students, staff, contract or other workers, visitors, and the entire community
utilizing a proven and effective science-based tobacco use prevention curricula
providing access to cessation counseling or referral services for all students and staff
Prohibit the use and/or possession of all tobacco products or paraphernalia including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, by all students, staff, contract or other workers, and visitors.
Ensure that tobacco use prevention programs, as recommended by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, and the South Carolina Department of Education, are an integral part of district substance abuse prevention efforts.
Provide and/or refer to cessation services for students and staff.
The district will enforce this policy by determining appropriate disciplinary actions for violators (students, faculty, contract and other workers, visitors) such as the following:
parent/legal guardian/administrator conferences
mandatory enrollment in a tobacco prevention education program
suspension from extracurricular activities
written notification placed in personnel file
mandatory enrollment in a tobacco education program
voluntary enrollment in a cessation program
Contract or other workers
notification to contract employer
removal from district property
verbal requests to leave school property
forfeiture of any fee charged for admission
prosecution for disorderly conduct after repeated offenses
Education and Assistance
The district will be responsible for utilizing proven and effective tobacco use prevention curricula to educate all students and providing assistance and/or making appropriate cessation referrals.
Tobacco Industry Marketing or Sponsorship
The district will not accept any contributions or gifts, money, or materials from the tobacco industry. The district will not participate in any type of services that are funded by the tobacco industry. In addition, any gear, paraphernalia, clothing, etc., that advertises tobacco use or tobacco products will not be allowed on district grounds or in the possession of faculty, staff, contract or other workers, or students at district-sponsored events.