B-H approves ‘healthy’ policies

Blackville-Hilda Public Schools took steps to improve the "health" of some of its policies.
During its Sept. 10 meeting, the Barnwell District 19 board approved the first reading of six health-related policy changes, including three new tobacco-free policies. While the district already has policies in place relating to a tobacco-free campus, Superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope said the new ones from the S.C. School Boards Association are "more detailed."
Providing more education and assistance to students and staff on being tobacco free is one area the new policies focuses on. District 19 "will be responsible for utilizing proven and effective tobacco use prevention curricula to educate all students and providing assistance and/or make appropriate cessation referrals," according to one of the policies.
"It's one thing to say we're not allowing it, but another to make more people understand the risk factors," said Pope.
The new policies also specifically outline how the district will enforce the policies through "appropriate disciplinary actions for violators." The current policies provide for discipline but do not list examples.
Pope said the new policies will help the district in their effort of trying to be considered a tobacco free school district.
The board also approved some minor revisions to the wording of three policies: Prevention of Disease/Infection Transmission, Staff Health and Communicable/Infectious Diseases.
Board member Jameka Hagood made a motion to approve the first reading of the six policies, which was seconded by Inell Waring. The motion was unanimously approved, though board member Michael Thomas was not present.
The board also elected Thomas as their delegate and Waring as alternate delegate to represent them at the SCSBA's December legislative meeting.