Weed High School

Tobacco Use Policy

Dear Parent, Student, and School Staff member:

Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death, killing more Americans each year than AIDS, murders, and car accidents combined.  Three thousand young people start smoking every day and almost a third of them will eventually die from smoking-related illnesses.  Our school is committed to encouraging and assisting students and staff in adopting healthy lifestyle habits, with remaining or becoming a non-tobacco user as a priority.  This memo is to inform you of the policies and programs that are in place at our school to help reach this goal.

It is school policy that the use of tobacco products is prohibited at anytime or anywhere on district property and in district vehicles, by students, staff, and visitors.  This includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, and smokeless, betel, and nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes, regardless of whether they contain nicotine.

As per California Education Code Section 48900 and 48911, a student may be suspended for no more than 5 days for possession or use of tobacco while on campus or during any activity that is related to school attendance, which includes the following:

  1. While going to or coming from school
  2. During the lunch period, whether on or off campus
  3. During or while going to or coming from a school-sponsored activity.

As part of the disciplinary process, students found in possession of tobacco products will also be referred for cessation/education services as part of our school’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education program.  This service is also available to students who would like to quit on a voluntary basis and is confidential.  Adults who would like cessation services may contact the local health department or call the Smokers Helpline at 1-800-NOBUTTs for free and confidential services.

It is our hope that our entire community will join forces to help stop the use of tobacco and eliminate this deadly addiction.

Sincerely,

Mike Matheson, Principal