100% TFS Toolkit – Compliance Plan
Although each district may approach its 100% Tobacco-Free Schools policy
differently, it is important to have a compliance plan in place before the
policy is implemented. Click here for a 100% TFS model
policy that includes detailed compliance guidelines. Or for specific details
on how to proceed, click here to access From
Policy to Practice: Guidelines for Implementing a 100% TFS Policy in your
One person within each school district should be responsible for
coordinating the compliance plan. This individual is usually a ranking school
administrator, the Safe and Drug Free School Coordinator or the Healthful
Living Coordinator. Additionally, each school principal should assign a local
representative to oversee compliance with the policy at the individual school
level. These compliance officers should support smoke-free environments, and
work closely with the district-wide representative to implement strategies that
will ensure compliance with your new 100% TFS policy.
A 100% TFS compliance plan is a comprehensive document that
includes strategies to communicate your school district's policy to all
students, staff and visitors
outlines the consequences for violating the policy
establishes specific areas of schools that will be monitored
identifies people who will have responsibility for policy monitoring and
provides ideas and resources for the training of monitors
establishes a process for handling complaints and all other issues that may
Developing a compliance plan should be a priority even before your
policy passes. By demonstrating a readiness to implement smoke-free
environments, 100% TFS advocates earn credibility with school board members and
Once the policy is passed, 100% TFS information should immediately be widely
communicated to the school community in a variety of ways to ensure everyone
gets the right, positive message.
The rules and expectations of your 100% TFS policy should be
outlined clearly for students, staff and visitors. Employee and student
handbooks, signage, letters to parents, announcements at events, and
disclaimers on employment applications/contracts are just a few of the
opportunities for where to communicate your message. Once people know about the
100% TFS policy, coordinators should work to ensure compliance everywhere - on
all school property and at all school-sponsored events.
It is very important that policy compliance is applied uniformly to
everyone at school-sponsored activities to ensure that everyone affected by the
policy feels they are being treated fairly.
For guidance on what to do when someone violates the 100% TFS policy, click here
or contact the State 100%
Tobacco-Free Schools Director.
Modified from materials from the N.C. Tobacco Prevention and
Control Branch and NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund.