School Safety and Emergency Services

There is no "risk-free" level of exposure to secondhand smoke............... Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for SIDS, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma...........Environmental tobacco smoke has been linked to reading, math, logic and reasoning declines in children......

SmokeFree School Environment
Policy and regulations have been established to maintain a tobacco-free work environment at all times in all school Baltimore County Public Schools owned or leased buildings, grounds, and vehicles. See Policy 2372 and Rule 2372.

Student use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products on school property or at school-sponsored activities is prohibited as governed by Policy 5530 and Rule 5530.

Prevention Education
Health Education is required in grades K-8 and as a high school credit requirement. Tobacco-use prevention is concentrated in the units addressing substances of abuse in grades 3, 5, 6, and high school. The development of age appropriate health and safety skills to avoid and reduce the risk of exposure are provided throughout the curriculum at all grade levels.

Counseling and Cessation Programs
Students who have violated school tobacco policy or who have concerns about personal use are directed to school staff, programs, or other resources available to address their specific tobacco-related issues. Schools may also apply for funding to provide cessation services for students.

For Parents and Guardians
    - Second-hand Smoke Riskier for Black Children: Study
Links of Interest
    - Tobacco Related Health Observances
    - Parent Tips
    - Quit Smoking Resources
    - Cost of Smoking Calculator

For "staff only" materials please visit our intranet

Denise Haberkam
Office of School Safety
9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 219
Baltimore, MD 21220
Office Phone: 410-887-6439
Fax: 410-780-9480
Hotline Other Forms & Hotlines
Immediate Emergency call 911
To report any incident relating to safety in our schools use
Safe Schools Tip Hotline 1-877-636-6332
Text / E-mail
Maryland Suicide and Crisis Hotline 1-800-422-0009
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