Smoking and the use of tobacco, tobacco-related devices or electronic cigarettes, or inhaling and exhaling of vapor from any electronic delivery device shall be prohibited on all school district property, including district-owned and contracted vehicles.
Usage of any tobacco, tobacco-related devices or electronic cigarettes by any person at any time while on district property shall be considered a violation of the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy. Possession by an elementary, middle or high school student of any type of tobacco product while on district property shall be considered a violation of the tobacco-free environment policy. This prohibition extends to all facilities, whether owned, rented, or leased, and all vehicles that a school district owns, leases, rents, contracts for, or controls. This prohibition includes all school district property and all off campus school district-sponsored events except for lighting tobacco by an adult as a part of a traditional Indian spiritual or cultural ceremony (Minnesota Statute 144.4165).
The school district will act to enforce this policy and to discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, school personnel, or other person who is found to have violated this policy.
Signs will be placed at the entrance to each school district building stating that it is a tobacco-free environment. The success of this tobacco-free environment policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of students, staff and citizens. All individuals on school premises share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy. Although any individual may report observed violations, school district employees shall be expected to report all observed violations in accordance with the procedures listed below.
Moorhead Area Public Schools will be proactive in tobacco-free help programs. A list of several resources will be made available for the convenience and preference of the employee.
Student help programs will be provided for students as outlined in Moorhead School Board Policy 553 Crisis Intervention and Student Support. Any violations of the tobacco-free environment policy by students shall be referred to the appropriate building administrator. Students who violate provisions of the policy shall be subject to the building student discipline procedures.
Notification will be provided indicating that Moorhead Area Public Schools are a tobacco-free environment.
For additional information refer to School Board Policies 553
, and 573
on the school district website or in the school office.