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Beaufort County Schools prepare to comply with state mandate

By Staff
Along with a new school year always come changes. Among our biggest for the 2008-2009 school year is the opening of our new John Small Elementary School, our brand new Beaufort County Early College High School and our district’s transformation to a 100 percent tobacco free school system. This will go into effect Aug. 1.
In compliance with North Carolina General Statute 115C-407, prohibiting tobacco use in school buildings, Beaufort County Schools adopted a county-level policy on April 28.
This policy, which locally reads as Beaufort County Schools’ policy 2510, prohibits students, staff or school visitors from using any tobacco products at any time, in the following settings:
In order for this to be a smooth transition, we will need the help of our staff and students, parents and visitors — including those who attend Beaufort County Schools’ athletic events.
For those who frequent our games in other counties, this may not be a new concept since we are the 104th school system in North Carolina to adopt this policy.
We are offering no cost tobacco cessation classes, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, to help our staff members prepare for the implementation of this policy. If you are a Beaufort County Schools’ employee and want to sign up for one of these classes, contact Sarah Hodges, public information officer, at 946-6593.
We ask residents around Beaufort County for your consideration regarding the kickoff of this policy. Together, we can make this a success. Thank you.