SJE Board Policy 4215 – Community Relations


Use Of Tobacco and Nicotine Substances



The board of directors recognizes that to protect students from exposure to the addictive substance of nicotine, employees and officers of the school district, and all members of the community, have an obligation as role models to refrain from tobacco use on school property at all times.  Tobacco includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, nicotine delivering devices, chemicals or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances; and any other tobacco innovation.


Any use if such products by staff, students, visitors and community members shall be prohibited on school district property.  Possession or distribution of tobacco products by minors is prohibited.  This shall include all district buildings, grounds and district-owned vehicles.


The use of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved nicotine replacement therapy is permitted.  However, students must have a physician's prescription for the FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy and ust follow applicable policies regarding use of medication by students.


Notices advising students, district employees and community members of this policy shall be posted in appropriate locations in all district buildings and at other district facilities as determined by the superintendent and shall be included in the employee and student handbooks.  Employees and students are subject to discipline for violations of this policy, and school district employees are responsible for the enforcement of the policy.



Cross References:       Board Policy 3200                  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    Board Policy 3241                  Classroom Management, Corrective Actions

                                                                                                or Punishments

                                    Board Policy 5280                  Termination of Employment


Legal References:        RCW 28A.210.310                 Prohibition on use of tobacco products on

                                                                                                school property

                                    RCW 70.155.080                    Purchasing, obtaining or possessing tobacco

                                                                                                by Minors -- Civil infraction


Management Resources:         Policy News, December 2010              Addressing the Use of

    "Electronic" Cigarettes

                                                Policy News, October 2010                 Electronic Cigarettes

Adoption Date:  2-28-11

St. John - Endicott Cooperative Schools