Students, teachers and other employees of the Pattonville School District have not been allowed to smoke or use tobacco products in all schools and property since 1989, but on Tuesday, the district re-affirmed that policy to support larger anti-smoking efforts.
Under the policy, students that use or have tobacco products on school grounds or at school activities will be disciplined in some degree.
It also extends to all facilities the district owns, contracts for or leases to provide educational sourvices, routine health care or early childhood development services to children.
"The new policy that is up for adoption is a more over-arching policy that was recommended by the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in conjunction with the St. Louis County Health Department. It's a more broader statement which supports the district's long-standing policy of being a tobacco-free environment," district spokeswoman Mickey Schoonover told Patch in an email this week.