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  • Alert: This is a reminder that the district wide tobacco and vaping ban begins on January 1, 2020. All Estill County School Property will be smoke-free & tobacco free environments! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jeff Saylor, Superintendent, or Erika Adams, District Health Services Coordinator.
  • School Closings/Delays: January 23, 2020 Press Release: Estill County Schools RE: Estill County Schools will be closed Friday, January 24th and Monday, January 27th. After monitoring attendance the past few days and several conversations with local health care providers, I have decided that the best course of action for the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is cancel school on Friday, January 24th and Monday, January 27th. All schools will be closed during this time. Only Administration, Custodians and CO Personnel are allowed in the building. Also, it does not benefit us to call off school if we allow extracurricular activities to continue, so beginning this evening at 6pm and continuing until Monday afternoon at 4:00pm, all games, practices and activities with the exception of the following activities will be canceled. Thursday, January 23rd - ECHS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Team Practice Saturday, January 25th - ECHS District Governors Cup at Owsley County Saturday, January 25th - District Honors Band Performance at Bourbon County Sunday, January 26th - ECHS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Team Practice All gyms and sports facilities will be closed and no one is allowed to use our facilities for any events. All schools will reopen on Tuesday morning, January 28th, at 8am. I hope our students, their families and our staff take this time to get better.
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Clear the Air

Clear the Air

Our district has been preparing for the District-Wide ban on Tobacco and Vaping products for the past six months.  This law was passed by the General Assembly this past spring.

On January 1, 2020, these policies will now be in full force. 

These policies ban the use of Tobacco, Nicotine Alternatives and Vaping on school property at all times.  I have included the actual board policy and the reporting document that will be used to report employee violations.

 

There have been several questions as to exactly what this ban includes and these are just a few clarifications.

  1. There are no designated smoking areas on any property owned by the school district.
  2. If your car is parked on school property, you would not be able to go to your vehicle and smoke.  You would have to drive off property in order to not be in violation. 
  3. If you walk off of school property, you can use tobacco products.  Exp.  Engineer Drive is not on school property.  The sidewalk at C.O. or Orchard Ave is not school property.
  4. You cannot use tobacco products while operating a school vehicle.
  5. All athletic facilities are tobacco free as well.  Athletic Directors and Coaches shall enforce this policy.  PS.  This ban does include dipping and chewing tobacco.
  6. This ban does include the general public and is in effect 24/7.  School plays, Open House, all Athletic Events, ect.  All school personnel has a duty to enforce this policy.
  7. We have had nothing but positive feedback concerning this policy, but there will be some that will see how serious we are in the enforcement of this policy.  I do not anticipate any issues. 
  8. When dealing with the general public, please follow these steps:
    1. Simple state, This property is tobacco free, please stop ______________.  (Smoking, dipping, vaping, ect….) Be courteous at all times!
    2. If they refuse, report it immediately to a supervisor.  The supervisor will go speak to the individual.
    3. If they wish to continue, you can tell them where they can legally continue smoking off property.
    4. If they refuse to comply and continue to use the product, simply ask them to leave the property.
    5. Hopefully, we will not have to take further action.  I will discuss with all supervisors and principals on how to deal with an individual that is out of line. 

 

Finally, we have supplied our employees with information on how to “Kick the Habit”!  We invite everyone in Estill County to join us in this endeavor.

If you are looking for a News Years’ Resolution, this would be a good place to start.





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