Smoke/Tobacco Free Environment Policy

The School Board is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for students, staff, and citizens. The Board supports the provisions of the Indiana Clean Indoor Air Law effective on September 1, 1987 and as such remains committed to reduce involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke among students and staff. The Board believes that it is the right of the non-smoker to breathe clean air. The Board believes that the use of tobacco products in a school building denies student, staff and visitor access to clean air, introduces a substantial health hazard to those persons, and interferes with learning and teaching.

The implementation of this policy shall be designed primarily to enhance health and safety for all staff and students by promoting air cleanliness in all school buildings, all school owned vehicles and anywhere on school grounds. School grounds are defined as property owned or leased by the School Corporation.

It is the intent of the Board to create a “tobacco-free” school environment. Appropriately the Board shall prohibit the use of all tobacco products in school buildings, in school owned vehicles and anywhere on school grounds.

The Board also believes that education has a central role in establishing patterns of behavior related to good health and shall take measures to help students and staff to resist tobacco use. Moreover, the board recognizes and supports the positive impact and the importance of adult role-modeling for students during their formative years in a tobacco-free environment.

This Smoke/Tobacco-Free Environment policy shall be effective January 1, 2009.

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