School system adopts tobacco-free policy
Board members also approved a tobacco-free policy Monday night that applies to students, staff and visitors. The policy states that the use of any tobacco product at any time on school property or at school events is prohibited. The policy also bans electronic cigarettes.
“Although Whitfield County Schools has been a tobacco-free system since 2001, the revised policy will bring us more in line with the state criteria required in order to be officially designated by the state as tobacco free,” Gilreath said in a press release provided by the North Georgia Health District.
Scouts from the Girl Scout Brownie Troop of New Hope Elementary School (Troop 12617), aided by representatives of the health district, requested the board update the tobacco policy to become a “100 percent tobacco-free school district.”
Troop members attended Monday’s meeting and made a presentation to the board prior to the vote.
“It is so encouraging to see this young troop of girls actively involved in making our community healthier for all of us,” Gilreath said in the press release. “Troop 12617 and their adult leaders are to be commended for leading this effort."
The health district will support the decision by providing signage, along with an education campaign.