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Alcohol, Tobacco and Cannabis on and in District Property and at District Functions

  • Code: EM.BP
    Topic: Alcohol, Tobacco and Cannabis on and in District Property and at District Functions
    Issue Date: 30/11/2018
    Effective Date: 27/11/2018
    Review Year: 2025

Purpose

To reflect the Board of Trustees’ (the Board) mandated responsibility and expectation for providing a welcoming, inclusive, safe and healthy learning and working environment throughout the District.

To establish expectations regarding alcohol, tobacco and cannabis on and in District property (this includes District vehicles) and at District functions.

Definitions

Alcohol is the intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol. 

Cannabis is a broad term used to describe the various products derived from the leaves, flowers and resins of Cannabis plants, synthetic cannabinoids, and/or medical cannabis. Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: smoking, vaporizing, eating or using water pipes. 

Tobacco and tobacco products are composed in whole or in part of tobacco, including tobacco leaves and any extract of tobacco leaves. Tobacco can be consumed in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco. 

Tobacco-like products are any products that mimic and are consumed in a manner similar to a tobacco product. Tobacco-like products can be consumed in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: smoking, using electronic cigarettes, vaporizing, or using water pipes or hookahs. For the purpose of this policy, tobacco-like products do not include regulated nicotine replacement therapy products.

Policy

The Board believes that the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, tobacco-like products and cannabis on or in District property or at District functions is inappropriate.

Traditional tobacco is an important part of First Nations and Métis cultures. The Board recognizes that the ceremonial use of tobacco as part of cultural practice is appropriate in the District.

Expectations

  1. ALCOHOL
    1. The possession and/or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on and in District property and at District functions.
    2. The Superintendent has the authority to approve the serving of alcohol on District property at functions which would not include District students.
    3. The Superintendent has the authority to approve District students performing at venues where alcohol is available.
  2. TOBACCO AND TOBACCO-LIKE PRODUCTS
    1. The use of tobacco and tobacco-like products is prohibited on and in District property and at District functions.
    2. Traditional use of tobacco for ceremonial purposes is permitted on District property or at Districtfunctions.
  3. CANNABIS
    1. The possession and/or consumption of cannabis is prohibited on and in District property or at District functions.
    2. Notwithstanding Section C.1 of this policy, the possession and/or consumption of cannabis may be permitted for medical accommodations only when prior approval has been obtained as per District-established processes.

Accountability

The Superintendent will be responsible for implementing this policy through appropriate administrative regulations and communication with District stakeholders, including staff, students and parents/guardians.

References

AE.BP Welcoming, Inclusive, Safe and Healthy Learning and Working Environments
DECA.AR Operation and Maintenance of District Fleet Vehicles
FA.BP Human Resources Framework
FBCB.AR District Staff Code of Conduct
GICA.AR Field Trips
HHCD.AR Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Management
IG.AR Community Use of District Buildings
IGD.AR Alcohol, Tobacco and Cannabis on and in District Property and at District Functions
Cannabis Act
Edmonton Public Schools - Employee Health
Gaming, Liquor Cannabis Act
School Act

(see Section 45.1)