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H513P - Procedure: Tobacco Use and Possession

Procedure H513P: Tobacco Use and Possession Procedure

The purpose of the following administrative procedure is to effectuate the mandates imposed by the various federal and state laws in addition to the Hancock School Committee’s “Tobacco Use and Possession” policy.

1. Prohibited Conduct

A.   Students

The use, possession, sale, dispensing, or distribution of tobacco products by all students is prohibited in Hancock Grammar School, during school-sponsored events, on school grounds and buses, and at all other times.

B.    Employees and All Other Persons

The use of tobacco products by employees and all other persons is prohibited in Hancock Grammar School and on school buses during school-sponsored events and at all other times on school grounds.  In addition, employees and all other persons are strictly prohibited, under law and the School Committee’s policy/administrative procedure, from selling, dispensing, or distributing tobacco products to students.

2. Enforcement

In order to enforce the tobacco products policy, the following guidelines shall be utilized by the Principal.  The Principal shall report any violations of this policy/procedure, as promptly as practicable, to the Superintendent.

A.   Student Violations

The Superintendent shall develop age-appropriate disciplinary guidelines for students violating this policy/administrative procedure.

B.    Student Referral to Law Enforcement Agency

The Superintendent reserves the right to refer students to a law enforcement agency, on a case-by-case basis, as he/she may deem necessary.  However, the Superintendent shall refer to a law enforcement agency any student reasonably suspected of selling, dispensing, or distributing tobacco products.

C.    Other Persons in Violation

All other persons violating this policy, e.g., employees, visitors, shall be immediately directed to cease violative behavior.  In addition, all persons suspected of selling, distributing or in any way dispensing tobacco products to students shall be referred to a law enforcement agency.

D.   Any employee violating this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures.

3. Notices

The School Committee’s policy and corresponding disciplinary actions for infractions of this policy shall be printed in employee and student handbooks.  Parents/guardians shall also be sent notification in writing of the School Committee’s tobacco policy and administrative procedures.  Notices shall be signed by parents/legal guardians and returned to Hancock Grammar School where they shall be kept on file.

Adopted: 2/11/14