Murray Independent Schools will go 100% tobacco-free following a decision by the school board during a special-called session last week. The policy would ban tobacco-use on school property by administration, teachers and staff effective January 2012. Teachers and staff are currently allowed to smoke Bond cigarettes in designated areas. The policy is one recommended by both the Kentucky Departments of Education and of Public Health.
MISD Superintendent Bob Rogers says the policy is being implemented at the beginning of next year to give employees who use tobacco time to quit. He says the school district is planning to offer its employees assistance to quit smoking through a program, which has yet to be determined or devised.