Board Policy #S 5131.62

New Haven Unified School District


The Governing Board recognizes the serious health risks presented by tobacco use and desires to ensure that, through adoption of consistent policies, district students are made aware of those risks and, to the extent possible, protected from them. The Superintendent or designee shall establish a coordinated school health system which includes a comprehensive behavioral health education component that teaches students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need in order to lead healthy lives and avoid high-risk behaviors, such as tobacco use.

(cf. 5141.23 - Asthma Management)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide prevention, intervention, and cessation education, information, activities, and/or referrals to district students and shall ensure consistent enforcement of district policies prohibiting student possession and use of tobacco products.
Prohibition Against Tobacco Use

Students shall not possess, smoke, or use tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine while on campus, while attending school-sponsored activities, or while under the supervision and control of district employees. Prohibited products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. (Education Code 48900, 48901)

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)
(cf. 5131 - Conduct)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

Students' possession or use of electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs, and other vapor-emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products is also prohibited. These prohibitions do not apply to a student's possession or use of his/her own prescription products. However, student possession or use of prescription products in school shall be subject to the district's policy and regulation for addressing the administration of medications on campus. (Education Code 48900)

(cf. 5141.21 - Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions)

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 at selected grade levels from K-12 pursuant to Education Code 51202. Such instruction shall be aligned with state content standards and the state curriculum framework for health education and with any requirements of state and/or federal grant programs in which the district participates.

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

Intervention/Cessation Services
The district may provide or refer students to counseling, intensive education, and other intervention services to assist in the cessation of tobacco use. Such intervention services shall be provided as an alternative to suspension for tobacco possession.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)
(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

The district's tobacco-use prevention and intervention program shall be based on an assessment of tobacco-use problems in district schools and the community, an examination of existing services and activities in the community, and a determination of high-risk student populations that are most in need of district services.

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 with the local health department and county office of education in program planning and implementation. other local agencies and community organizations and shall involve students, parents/guardians, families and the community in support of school-based programs.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Councils)
(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

The Superintendent or designee also shall coordinate the district's tobacco-use prevention and intervention program with other district efforts to reduce students' use of illegal substances and to promote student wellness.

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)
(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)
(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)

The Superintendent or designee shall not accept for distribution any materials or advertisements that promote the use or sale of tobacco products. He/she also shall not accept tobacco-use prevention or intervention funds or materials from the tobacco industry or from any entity which is known to have received funding from the tobacco industry.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)
(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)
(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

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
60041 Instructional materials, portrayal of effects of tobacco use

104350-104495 Tobacco-use prevention education
119405 Unlawful to sell or furnish electronic cigarettes to minors

308 Minimum age for tobacco possession

6800 Definition, health assessment
6844-6847 Child Health and Disability Prevention program; health assessments

7111-7117 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

1140.1-1140.34 Unlawful sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to minors

88 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 8 (2005)

Management Resources:

TUPE Acceptance of Funds Guidance
Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2008
Health Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003
Getting Results: Part II California Action Guide to Tobacco Use Prevention Education, 2000
Guidebook for the California Healthy Kids Survey

California Department of Education, Tobacco-Use Prevention Education:
California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control:
California Healthy Kids Resource Center:
California Healthy Kids Survey:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Smoking and Tobacco Use:
U.S. Surgeon General:

First Reading
February 1, 1994
June 20, 1995
August 15, 2006
August 19, 2014

Second Reading
March 1, 1994
July 25, 1995
September 5, 2006
September 9, 2014

Administrative Regulation for Board Policy 5131.62