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Current Policy:

P4-06-008 Tobacco Use/Smoking on School Property

All Henrico County schools, administrative offices, and worksites shall comply with the requirements of the Virginia and the Pro-Children Act of 1994, March 31, 1994, P.L. 103-227, Title X, part C, Section 1041, 108. Stat.271.

Reference: Code of Virginia, Sections 15.1-291.1 through 15.1-291.9.
Refer to Regulation 4-06-008, "Guidelines Related to Tobacco Use/Smoking on School Property."

Current Regulation:

R4-06-008 GUIDELINES RELATED TO TOBACCO USE/SMOKING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
(Revised February, 2000)

I. Tobacco Use
Staff use of all tobacco products is discouraged in the presence of students when carrying out work-related responsibilities.

II. Smoking on School Property
Schools, administrative offices, and all worksites are to implement the smoking prohibitions of the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act and the "Pro-Children Act of 1994" (March 31, 1994, P.L. 103-227, Title X, Part C, Section 1041, 108 Stat. 271.).

A. Prohibition
These Acts collectively prohibit smoking in the following areas:
1. Public school buses
2. Within any indoor facility owned or leased or contracted for and utilized by such persons for provision of routine or regular kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education or library services to children. Reference Code of Virginia, 15,1-291.2 and the "Pro-Children Act of 1994," (March 31, 1994, P.L. 103-227, Title X, Part C, Section 1041, 108 Stat. 271.)
3. County-owned vehicles, including vehicles assigned to specific employees for take-home privileges

B. Permitted Smoking Areas and/or Conditions

All smoking in school facilities and on school grounds is prohibited except as provided in the following:

1. Schools may designate one outside smoking area for staff use.

2. Schools may designate an appropriate outside smoking area for evening events (after 6:00 p.m.) which are open to the general public (i.e., athletic events, PTA or other community meetings, concerts, graduations, etc.).

3. Schools having adult education and/or college night classes may designate an outside smoking area.

C. Penalty

1. Violation of provisions of the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act and the Federal "Pro-Children Act of 1994" may subject the violator to staff disciplinary action and/or penalties provided in the Acts.
Reference: Code of Virginia, Sections 15.1-291.1 through 15.1-291.9, and the "Pro-Children Act of 1994" (March 31, 1994, P.L. 103-227, Title X, Part C, Section 1041, 108 Stat. 271.)

2. Violations of smoking regulations of Henrico County Public Schools shall subject employees to staff disciplinary action. Violation of local regulations by members of the general public may result in warning and/or a request to leave school property.

D. Posting of Signs

Each school and/or school board facility shall post and maintain at all public entrances signs which clearly prohibit smoking in the building. Any outside smoking areas shall be designated by signs.

 

 

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