Head Start of Lane County recognizes it’s responsibility to promote the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and others on Head Start property and at agency sponsored activities. In light of scientific evidence that tobacco use is hazardous to health, it is the intent of Head Start of Lane County to establish a tobacco-free environment, and to engage in coordinated tobacco prevention activities. Consequently, tobacco use, distribution, or sale by staff for others on agency premises, at agency sponsored events, in agency owned, rented, or leased vehicles is prohibited. In recognition of the importance of modeling healthy behaviors, tobacco use by employees, parents, and volunteers is prohibited in any area(on-site or off-site) that is within sight of a prohibited location.Program staff, volunteers, and others must avoid bringing clothing that smells of smoke into the classroom, center or onto the playground.Staff will request that parents not smoke during home visits. Parents will be informed of the smoke-free request prior to the home visit.
Definitions:(for the purposes of this policy)
Tobacco is defined to include any lighted or unlighted cigarette, e-cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi,clove cigarette and any other smoking product, and spit tobacco in any form. Spit tobacco is also known as “smokeless”,“dip”, “chew”, or “snuff”.