By WCS InFocus
The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all school grounds by students, district employees and guests at all times.
The Williamson County School Board recently revised the district’s Tobacco-Free Schools Policy to include the use of smokeless tobacco products and electronic nicotine devices on school property. Locations include but are not limited to:
- parking lots
- vehicles on school property
- any public seating areas including bleachers used for sporting events
- public restrooms
Disciplinary action for students possessing or using tobacco or tobacco-related products may include detention, in-school suspension or suspension from school attendance. School administrators have also aligned with school counselors and community agencies to educate parents and students on the dangers of tobacco and nicotine devices.
In recent months, several of our schools have hosted community information sessions like the one below featuring Dr. Michelle Fiscus from the Tennessee Department of Health. Health educators from STARS are also giving presentations to students on the dangers of tobacco and nicotine devices, although the timing of these talks vary by school.
Our school nurses and counselors will continue to search for new ways to educate students and parents about this growing problem. We ask that parents work with us to communicate the dangers of these products to their children and learn how to identify these devices.