Feedback Needed - Alcohol, Tobacco, Inhalant & Cannabis Free Environments.
As you are aware, October 17th, 2018 is the date that Cannabis will be legal in Canada. Alberta’s framework in response to the legalization of cannabis includes four priorities. The number 1 priority is to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth. As a part of the rules around cannabis in Alberta, the “smoking and vaping of cannabis are prohibited in areas frequented by kids and other public places where smoking tobacco is prohibited.” To ensure the safety of our students and staff, Buffalo Trail Public Schools has been preparing for the eventual implementation of policy that will even further restrict the consumption of these products on BTPS property and on BTPS school sanctioned activities. At their September 19th, 2018 meeting, the Board of Trustees passed the first and second reading of a new policy titled Alcohol, Tobacco, Inhalant and Cannabis Free Environments, 901BP. The Board determined that this area of policy is so important that they decided that we would introduce a new and separate “Section 9” in their policy structure to make sure that it is easy to access. In addition to this new section, there are some changes that have been made to Policy 801BP Facility Operations, Administrative Procedures 503.1AP Community Use of School Facilities, 402.2AP Staff Code of Conduct and 202.7AP Student Code of Conduct.
As a part of the consultation process, the Board is looking to engage stakeholders. It is our hope to gather input from students, parents, staff and community members into the proposed new and changing policies. As a part of that community engagement process, we would ask you to review the additions and changes that are being considered and provide your input. We would ask that you send your thoughts and any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5th, 2018. Your input will be collated and provided to the Board of Trustees prior to the final reading for this new policy. At this time, the Board will consider what changes they would like to make. It is the intent of the Board to formally approve changes to policy and receive changes to the administrative procedures on October 17th, 2018. This will coincide with the date of legalization of cannabis in Canada and provide a connection to the importance of this significant legislation. Information on the changes to policies and administrative procedures will be placed in our policy page and showcased on our website as soon as they have been approved.
Please take a moment to watch Public Engagement - Cannabis Legislation. We look forward to having your ideas as we continue to do all that we can to provide our children with a safe and caring learning environment. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Superintendent of Schools