Use of Tobacco, Nicotine Products and Delivery Devices on School Property - 4335

Mukilteo School District
Community Relations - Series 4000
Use of Tobacco, Nicotine Products and Delivery Devices on School Property - 4335

The Board of Directors recognizes that to protect students from exposure to the addictive substance of nicotine, employees and officers of the School District, and all members of the community, have an obligation as role models to refrain from the use of tobacco and delivery devices on school property at all times. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, electronic smoking/vapor devices and vapor products, non-prescribed inhalers, nicotine-delivering devices or chemicals that are not FDA-approved to help people quit using tobacco, devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances and any other smoking equipment, device, material or innovation.

Any and all use of such products by staff, students, visitors and community members will be prohibited on School District property. Possession by or distribution of such products to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age is prohibited. This prohibition includes all District buildings, grounds and District-owned vehicles. In addition, prohibition of vapor products and devices also applies within 500 feet of schools.

The use of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved nicotine replacement therapy is permitted. However, students must have a physician's prescription for the FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy and must follow applicable policies regarding use of medication by students.

Notices advising students, District employees and community members of this policy will be posted in appropriate locations in all District buildings and at other District facilities as determined by the Superintendent, and will be included in the student handbooks. Employees and students are subject to discipline for violations of this policy up to and including discharge or suspension. Notices of this policy will be distributed annually and to new staff and students throughout the year. 

Cross References:

Board Policy 3241 Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action

Legal References:

RCW 28A.210.310 Prohibition on use of tobacco products on school property
RCW 70.155 Tobacco - Access to Minors.
RCW 28A.210.260 Public and private schools-Administration of medication-Conditions.

Adoption Date: October 13, 2003
Revised: January 26, 2009
Revised: January 24, 2011
Revised: June 27, 2017
Revised: January 27, 2020