The State Department of Education shall provide the leadership for the successful implementation of this chapter in programs administered by local public and private schools, school districts, and county offices of education. The State Department of Education shall do all of the following:
(a) Provide a planning and technical assistance program to carry out its responsibilities under this chapter.
(b) Provide guidelines for schools, school districts, and school district consortia to follow in the preparation of plans for implementation of antitobacco use programs for schoolage populations. The guidelines shall:
(1) Require the applicant agency to select one or more model program designs and shall permit the applicant to modify the model program designs to take special local needs and conditions into account.
(2) Require the applicant agency to prepare for each target population to be served a description of the service to be provided, an estimate of the number to be served, an estimate of the success rate and a method to determine to what extent goals have been achieved.
(3) Require plan submissions to include a staffing configuration and a budget setting forth use and distribution of funds in a clear and detailed manner.
(c) Prepare model program designs and information for local schools, local school districts, consortia, and county offices of education to follow in establishing direct service programs to targeted populations. Model program designs shall, to the extent feasible, be based on studies and evaluations that determine which service delivery systems are effective in reducing tobacco use and are cost-effective. The State Department of Education shall consult with the State Department of Health Services, and school districts with existing antitobacco programs in the preparation of model program designs and information.
(d) Provide technical assistance for local schools, local school districts, and county offices of education regarding the prevention and cessation of tobacco use. In fulfilling its technical assistance responsibilities, the State Department of Education may establish a center for tobacco use prevention which shall identify, maintain, and develop instructional materials and curricula encouraging the prevention or cessation of tobacco use. The State Department of Education shall consult with the State Department of Health Services and others with expertise in antitobacco materials or curricula in the preparation of these materials and curricula.
(e) Monitor the implementation of programs which it has approved under this chapter to ensure successful implementation.
(f) Prepare guidelines within 180 days of the effective date of this chapter for a school-based program of outreach, education, intervention, counseling, peer counseling, and other activities to reduce and prevent smoking among schoolage youth.
(g) Assist county offices of education to employ a tobacco use prevention coordinator to assist local schools and local public and community agencies in preventing tobacco use by pupils.
(h) Train the tobacco-use-prevention coordinators of county offices of education so that they are:
(1) Familiar with relevant research regarding the effectiveness of various kinds of antitobacco use programs.
(2) Familiar with department guidelines and requirements for submission, review, and approval of school-based plans.
(3) Able to provide effective technical assistance to schools and school districts.
(i) Establish a tobacco-use-prevention innovation program effort directed at specific pupil populations.
(j) Establish a competitive grants program to develop innovative programs promoting the avoidance, abatement, and cessation of tobacco use among pupils.
(k) Establish a tobacco-free school recognition awards program.
(l ) As a condition of receiving funds pursuant to this chapter, the State Department of Education, county offices of education, and local school districts shall ensure that they coordinate their efforts toward smoking prevention and cessation with the lead local agency in the community where the local school district is located.
(m) (1) Develop, in coordination with the county offices of education, a formula which allocates funds for school-based, antitobacco education programs to school districts and county offices of education for all students in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, on the basis of the average daily attendance (ADA) of pupils. School districts shall provide tobacco-use-prevention instruction for students, grades 4 to 8, inclusive, that address the following essential topics:
(A) Immediate and long-term undesirable physiologic, cosmetic, and social consequences of tobacco use.
(B) Reasons that adolescents say they smoke or use tobacco.
(C) Peer norms and social influences that promote tobacco use.
(D) Refusal skills for resisting social influences that promote tobacco use.
(2) Develop a competitive grants program administered by the State Department of Education directed at students in grades 9 to 12, inclusive. The purpose of the grant program shall be to conduct tobacco-use-prevention and cessation activities targeted to high-risk students and groups in order to reduce the number of persons beginning to use tobacco, or continuing to use tobacco. The State Department of Education shall consult with local lead agencies, the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, and representatives from nonprofit groups dedicated to the reduction of tobacco-associated disease in making grant award determinations. Grant award amounts shall be determined by available funds. The State Department of Education shall give priority to program, including, but not limited to, the following:
(A) Target current smokers and students most at risk for beginning to use tobacco.
(B) Offer or refer students to cessation classes for current smokers.
(C) Utilize existing antismoking resources, including local antismoking efforts by local lead agencies and competitive grant recipients.
(n) (1) Allocate funds for administration to county offices of education for implementation of Tobacco Use Prevention Programs. The funds shall be allocated according to the following schedule based on average daily attendance in the prior year credited to all elementary, high, and unified school districts, and to all county superintendents of schools within the county as certified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction:
(A) For counties with over 400,000 average daily attendance, thirty cents ($0.30) per average daily attendance.
(B) For counties with more than 100,000 and less then 400,000 average daily attendance, sixty-five cents ($0.65) per average daily attendance.
(C) For counties with more than 50,000 and less than 100,000 average daily attendance, ninety cents ($0.90) per average daily attendance.
(D) For counties with more than 25,000 and less than 50,000 average daily attendance, one dollar ($1) per average daily attendance.
(E) For counties with less than 25,000 average daily attendance, twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
(2) In the event that funds appropriated for this purpose are insufficient, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall prorate available funds among participating county offices of education.
(o) Allocate funds appropriated by the act adding this subdivision for local assistance to school districts and county offices of education based on average daily attendance reported in the second principal apportionment in the prior fiscal year. Those school districts and county offices of education that receive one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more of local assistance pursuant to this part shall target 30 percent of those funds for allocation to schools that enroll a disproportionate share of students at risk for tobacco use.
(p) (1) Provide that all school districts and county offices of education that receive funding under subdivision (o) make reasonable progress toward providing a tobacco-free environment in school facilities for students and employees.
(2) All school districts and county offices of education that receive funding pursuant to paragraph (1) shall adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy no later than July 1, 1995. The policy shall prohibit the use of tobacco products, any time, in district-owned or leased buildings, on district property and in district vehicles. Information about the policy and enforcement procedures shall be communicated clearly to school personnel, parents, students, and the larger community. Signs stating "Tobacco use is prohibited" shall be prominently displayed at all entrances to school property. Information about smoking cessation support programs shall be made available and encouraged for students and staff. Any school district or county office of education that does not have a tobacco-free district policy implemented by July 1, 1995, shall not be eligible to apply for funds from the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund in the 1995-96 fiscal year and until the tobacco-free policy is implemented. Funds that are withheld from school districts that fail to comply with the tobacco-free policy shall be available for allocation to school districts implementing a tobacco-use-prevention education program, pursuant to subdivision (m).
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 195, Sec. 17.)