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JefCoEd considering tobacco, sex offender policy changes

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Board of Education is considering changing its tobacco policy to prohibit e-cigarettes and vaping devices, and adding a new policy that requires adult sex offenders to notify principals before attending any K-12 activity.

The changes to the tobacco policy would expand the definition of prohibited tobacco products on school property to include “electronic cigarettes, vape pens, hookah pens, e-hookahs, vape pipes and any similar type of device designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals via inhalation.”

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey, right, with Jefferson County Board of Education members file photo by Gary Lloyd

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey, right, with Jefferson County Board of Education members
file photo by Gary Lloyd

The proposed sex offender policy would require sex offenders to cooperate with any monitoring of their presence on school property, and to immediately report to the principal when attending a school activity.

The proposed policy states that a school activity is any “activity sponsored by a school in which students in grades K-12 are the primary intended audience.”

The board has submitted the proposed policies to teachers and principals for review and feedback. The policies have yet to be voted on.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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