Florence County School District Three will enact a new policy, starting March 1 that will prohibit the use of tobacco products on all property. The tobacco use ban includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and all smokeless tobacco by staff, students and visitors.
The policy requires second reading by the district’s board of trustees at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Olanta Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.
The policy states that the district’s Board of Trustees “believes that tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke (environmental tobacco smoke) are hazardous to the health of human beings, especially children. Therefore, the board affirms that one of the best methods of instruction is one that is provided with a 100% tobacco-free environment.”
The policy received first reading at the Jan. 19 board of trustees meeting and is scheduled for final reading at the Feb. 16 meeting.
Signage will be placed through the district to inform all staff, students and visitors that Florence District Three schools and office buildings are smoke-free areas.
The policy also ensures “that tobacco use prevention programs, as recommended by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and the South Carolina Department of Education, are an integral part of district substance abuse prevention efforts” and that the district provides and/or refers cessation services for students and staff.