It shall be the policy of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board to require that school properties be maintained in good physical condition.  The Board, therefore, shall instruct the Superintendent to assure that all normal building and grounds maintenance, repairs and improvement functions are an integral part of the administration of the school system, including the regular evaluation for any safety hazards.


The Superintendent shall be vested with a broad range of administrative and supervisory authority relative to the school system's buildings and grounds program.  Regular reports shall be made available to the Board relative to maintenance needs, safety, utility and attractiveness of school plants and grounds within the school system.


The Board shall not be held responsible for any personal items stolen or damaged on school premises.  The Board shall require principals and/or persons in charge of public school property to prohibit the use, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages on public school property.




Vacant and/or unoccupied premises owned by the School Board shall be properly secured and maintained to prevent unauthorized trespass or injury to the general public.  It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent or his/her designee to assure that any vacant and/or unoccupied property of the School Board has limited access for authorized personnel only and the grounds are maintained regularly.




It is important for school leaders to send a clear, consistent non-use message to their students, staff, and community by implementing a tobacco-free policy.  By implementing such a policy, school leaders will be countering the tobacco industry's influence with efforts to promote safe learning environments and healthy lifestyles.


Because tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, disease, and disability, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shall provide a tobacco-free school environment.


All tobacco products (e.g. smoke, smokeless, spit, spitless, etc.) and smoking devices are prohibited on any school campus, school vehicle, or parish School Board property.  School campus includes the elementary or secondary school building and buildings on that campus.  School Board property shall include any portable buildings, field houses, stadiums, equipment storage areas, vacant land, or any property owned, operated, or leased by the Board.


All tobacco products are also prohibited at school-sponsored functions away from school property.


Tobacco advertising is also prohibited in school buildings, at school functions, and in school publications.


Compliance and Enforcement


"Tobacco-Free" signs shall be displayed on school property.  Notice of this policy shall be posted at the entrances to the grounds of each school and school building, and within school vehicles.


Notice of this policy shall be given to students, all school staff, parents or families through dissemination of the student handbook every year and posted signage at each campus.  The community shall be made aware of the policy by signage and handbooks as needed.


In addition to disciplinary action, those students who are found in violation of this policy, shall be referred to the school's health provider (nurse, health center, or social worker) for a tobacco intervention.  The school's health provider shall have the option of referring the student to the Fax to Quit Louisiana Program, coordinated by The Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program, which refers the student to the Louisiana Quit-line, a free counseling service done over the phone for tobacco cessation.


School employees who violate the Tobacco-Free School policy shall, in addition to disciplinary action, also be referred to the Louisiana Quit-Line (1-800-QuitNow) which is a free counseling service for tobacco cessation.


Revised:  September, 2006

Revised:  June 23, 2011



Ref:    20 USC 6083 (Non-smoking Policy for Children's Services)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง14:91.7, 17:87.6, 17:100.6, 17:151, 17:240, 17:416, 40:1291.1, 40:1291.2, 40:1291.3, 40:1291.11, 40:1291.21, 40:1563, 40:1578.6, 40:1583

Board minutes, 6-23-11


Pointe Coupee Parish School Board