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Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Instruction for students in grades 7 and 8 shall address the following topics: (Health and Safety Code 104420)

1. Immediate and long-term undesirable physiologic, cosmetic and social consequences of tobacco use

2. Reasons that adolescents say they smoke or use tobacco

3. Peer norms and social influences that promote tobacco use

4. Refusal skills for resisting social influences that promote tobacco use

The district's program for grades 9 through 12 shall:

1. Target current smokers and students who are most at risk for beginning to use tobacco, including young women, low-achieving students, students from families whose members include tobacco users, and students who associate with peers who use tobacco

2. Offer or refer students to precessation readiness classes or cessation classes for current smokers

3. Utilize existing antismoking resources

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)


The Board recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs adversely affects a student's ability to achieve academic success, is physically and emotionally harmful, and has serious and legal consequences. The Board desires to keep district schools free of alcohol and other drugs and desires that every effort be made to reduce student use of these substances.


The Chief of Finance or his/her designee shall develop a comprehensive prevention program that includes instruction, communication, intervention, enforcement/discipline, referrals to rehabilitation programs, and activities that promote the involvement of parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) as well as coordination with appropriate community agencies and organizations.

Chief of Finance to Develop Regulations

The Superintendent shall formulate such regulation(s) as necessary to implement this policy.


1. Students shall receive instruction from appropriately trained and credentialed drug education instructors on the effects of alcohol and other drugs. These instructors shall possess the following characteristics:

a. The ability to interact with students in a positive way

b. Knowledge of the properties and effects of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, and dangerous drugs

c. Effective teaching skills and competency in helping students to responsibly express opinions and to become aware of their values as they affect drug-use decisions

2. Instruction in drug education shall be conducted in health courses and in any other appropriate area of study required by Education Code 51220.

3. Instruction shall be sequential in nature and suited to meet the needs of students at their respective grade level.

4. The district drug-education program may be augmented by any program provided by San Diego County drug-education services.


1. The staff shall intervene whenever students use alcohol and other drugs on school property or are under school jurisdiction.

2. If the principal or his/her designee knows, observes, or suspects that a student is under the influence of or in possession of alcohol or drugs, he/she shall notify the parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) of the student(s).

3. The principal or his/her designee will refer the student to site-base intervention such as the student assistance team, as well as to other intervention programs via community-based organizations, where applicable.

4. In severe cases, if the parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) or school medical personnel are not immediately available, the principal or his/her designee is authorized to contact emergency medical treatment services to assist the student. Parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) shall be notified of this action and shall be responsible for the incurred expenses.

Disciplinary Measures

See Board policies 5113, 5114 and related administrative regulations for suspensions, expulsions, and other disciplinary measures.

Article I

Name and Purpose

Section 1. Community Advisory Committee for Gang and Substance Use Prevention.

Section 2. Purpose and charge.

a. To advise and review district gang and substance use prevention programs.

b. To advise and review the district's policies dealing with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and gang/gang symbols.

Article II


Section 1. Committee Criteria. Representation from all geographic areas, all ethnic categories, parents/guardians, area law enforcement agencies, medicine, the legal field and/or other interested community members. The above criteria will not cause the exclusion of existing members of the committee.

Section 2. Any member who is absent from regular meetings for three consecutive times without notifying the district student support services office shall be dropped from the roll. The number of members present at a regular meeting shall constitute a quorum. The committee will be appointed for the balance of the school year, with the potential of being continued next year.

Article III


The committee will meet quarterly, with the possibility of subcommittees being formed to address specific issues.

Article IV


Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by a regular meeting of the assembly.

Section 2. The amendment(s) must have been presented to the assembly in writing, and read to them at the meeting immediately prior to the meeting at which the vote is taken.


approved: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California