Two more days for SD59 smoking, drugs policy feedback

If you’re looking to give feedback to SD59 on smoking, drugs, and alcohol, you’ve got less than 48 hours to hit it.

SD59 has been circulating policies 3160: Drugs and Alcohol and 3180: Smoking and Smoke Free Spaces, looking for feedback.

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“The policies have been revised due to the recent legalization of cannabis in BC. Feedback may be made in writing,” note SD59 officials.

As it relates to drugs and alcohol – the current policy notes the Board of Education prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages, cannabis/cannabis products or use of illicit drugs by all employees while on the job or engaged in Board approved activities or outings involving students. Drugs prescribed by a physician are exempt from this policy.

This point is expected to be debated with cannabis prescriptions now available.

The board is also looking at policies as it relates to supervisors and volunteers.

“Supervisors on field trips, athletic trips or any school based activity may be called upon at any time to assist with or manage student circumstances. Employees who consume or are under the influence of alcoholic beverages, cannabis/cannabis products or drugs while on the job or involved in school activities involving students, are liable to receive a suspension without pay pursuant to the provisions of the School Act and its regulations. This applies to field trips, athletic trips international trips or any extracurricular school activities,” read existing policies.

As it relates to smoking on campus, all school campuses and district operations shall have a non-smoking policy that is published annually to staff and to the school community. Provincial statute enforces this ban under the Offence Act, with penalties and fines ranging up to from $2500 to $5000 and/or 3 to 6 months imprisonment. For more information, see

Feedback can be sent to by December 7.

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