Board Policy #S 5131.62

New Haven Unified School District


The Governing Board recognizes that tobacco use presents serious health risks and desires to provide support and assistance in the prevention and intervention of tobacco use among youth.

Students shall not smoke, or use tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine, while on campus, while attending school sponsored activities, or while under the supervision of district employees. (Education Code 48901)

(cf. 5144 Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

The district’s comprehensive prevention/intervention program shall be based on an ongoing assessment of objective data regarding tobacco use in the schools and community and on research identifying strategies that have been proven effective in preventing or reducing tobacco use among youth. The program shall be designed to meet a set of measurable goals and objectives and shall be periodically evaluated to assess progress.

The district shall provide developmentally appropriate tobacco use prevention instruction for students in grades kindergarten through 12.

(cf. 6142.8 – Comprehensive Health Education)
(cf. 6143 – Courses of Study)

The Superintendent or designee also may provide students with counseling and other support services to assist in the prevention or reduction of tobacco use.

(cf. 6164.2 – Guidance Services)

Because of the additional health risks of tobacco use for prenatal development, the district shall provide outreach, motivational and other support services to prevent or reduce tobacco use among pregnant and parenting minors.

(cf. 5146 – Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

Information about smoking cessation programs shall be made available and encouraged for students and staff. (Health and Safety Code 104420)

The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate prevention and cessation efforts with the local health department, other local agencies and community organizations and shall involve students, parents/guardians, families and the community in support of school-based programs.

(cf. 1020 – Youth Services)
(cf. 1400 – Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

Legal Reference:

48900 Suspension or expulsion (grounds)
48900.5 Suspension, limitation on imposition; exception
48901 Smoking or use of tobacco prohibited
51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

24167 Implementation of tobacco use prevention program

First Reading
February 1, 1994
June 20, 1995
August 15, 2006

Second Reading
March 1, 1994
July 25, 1995
September 5, 2006

Administrative Regulation for Board Policy 5131.62