School board toughens anti-tobacco prohibition
Updated 7:12 am, Saturday, November 26, 2011
The Fairfield school district's anti-tobacco policy is now tougher.
Policies banning tobacco use by students and employees on school property -- which previously specified only cigarettes -- were broadened Tuesday night by the Board of Education to include a ban on other tobacco products, including chewing tobacco or tobacco paraphernalia. The vote was unanimous.
In addition, the revised student policy bans not only use of tobacco products on campus, but possession as well.
As for staff, the policy now covers a multitude of tobacco products to prohibit a coach, for example, from using chewing tobacco on the practice or playing field.
The policies were given a first reading before the school board in October, prompting some healthy debate.
However, there was little discussion at the required second reading of the policies Tuesday.
Not a single member of the public commented on the proposal and only one board member, Jennifer Maxon Kennelly, had a question, asking how the revised policy would be communicated to students.
"We'll leave it up to the individual principals," responded Superintendent of Schools David Title.