2018-11-30 / Community

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Cape Elizabeth School board tweaks policy on tobacco signs

The Cape Elizabeth High School campus, not just the buildings, but the football field, tennis courts and every other venue on school grounds, are nicotine free and the Cape Elizabeth School Board plans to extend signs that says so.

Proposed updates to the board’s policy on “Use of Tobacco Products and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems” will include the placing of signs throughout the school campus saying that none of those products are allowed.

The recommended updates are part of the committee’s overall review of policies to be sure they comply with state and federal standards.

The board heard a first reading of the tobacco policy, as well proposed updates to policies governing communicable/infectious diseases; chemical hazards; grievance procedure for persons with disabilities; and the school system commitment to standards for ethical and responsible behavior, at its meeting Nov. 13.

The sign amendments to the tobacco policy were suggested by high school nurse Deb Braxton as a way to elevate the school’s commitment to maintaining a nicotine-free campus, said board member Elizabeth Scifres, chairman of the policy committee. The policy prohibits tobacco products as well as electronic “vaping” systems on school grounds.

Scifres also credited chemistry teacher Doug Worthley for his contributions to revising the chemical hazards policy. As school chemical-hygiene officer Worthley is responsible for making sure all chemicals at school stored and disposed of appropriately, and that students are educated to use them appropriately in chemistry and biology labs.

“There is a very lengthy procedure that he has to go through in order to certify that,” she said.

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