House Bill 11 requires all local boards, on or before July 1, 2020, to adopt and implement policies that prohibit the use of any tobacco product, alternative nicotine product, or vapor product for all persons and at all times on or in all property of the board, and when students are present in any school-related trip or student activity. The policies must also provide for adequate notice to students, parents/guardians, employees and the public. In addition, the policies must require signage on or in all property including any vehicle owned, operated, leased or contracted for use by a local board. Such signage shall clearly state that the use of such products is prohibited at all times and by all persons on or in the property. School employees are required to enforce the policies.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has approached KSBA to let us know they may be able to help provide FREE “tobacco-free campus” signage to districts whose board adopts such a policy this year, in response to HB 11. KSBA will provide more information on this opportunity later this month. Final details and the process for obtaining signage will be announced soon.
Note that districts have the option to opt out of these provisions within three (3) years of June 27, 2019, (the effective date of the legislation).
If the board chooses to opt out, KSBA suggests the following language:
“Motion that this board opt out of adopting the Use of Tobacco, Alternative Nicotine, or Vapor Products policies 03.1327, 03.2327, 05.31, 06.221, 09.4232, and 10.5 under subsections 2-4 of KRS 438.345.”
This will need to be reflected in the board minutes. If the board elects to opt out, then mark the update checklists as “keep current” for the policies listed above.
Policy references 03..1327/03.2327/05.31/06.221/09.4232/10.5