Pasco district’s goal is to have schools tobacco free
LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County schools are an odd mixture when it comes to whether employees can step outside for a smoke break.
Accommodations are made for smoking employees at older schools. Newer schools, though, are tobacco-free campuses, a policy many in the district have long wanted to see spread to every school.
“I see our district ultimately getting there,” board member Joanne Hurley said.
Just how long it will take, and what the path will be, is another matter.
The topic has emerged again after the district’s Health and Wellness Incentive Committee let it be known it wants all schools to be tobacco-free. The school district floated the idea of opening up contract negotiations with United School Employees to try to make it happen soon, but union President Lynne Webb said she sees no need to rush.