Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 11 into law in April, a measure that prohibits use of any tobacco product, nicotine alternative or vapor on school property.
That includes any vehicle owned by the school district and all students and district employees, volunteers or affiliates on school-related trips when in the presence of students.
School districts have until July 1 to put a policy in place relating to the bill. School district boards may opt out after three years, or on/after July 1, 2023.
Ten of 13 school districts in the Jackson Purchase have adopted smoking policies to meet the bill's standards. Several already had policies in place, while others will expand those policies to meet the bill's requirements.
Those districts are McCracken County, Paducah Independent, Ballard County, Carlisle County, Graves County, Hickman County, Livingston County, Marshall County, Mayfield Independent and Murray Independent. Murray reported that its district has had a similar policy in place since July 2011.
The Fulton County School District will maintain its current smoking policies, which do not allow smoking on school campuses during the school day. Smoking by school employees who are on duty outside of the school day is allowed when students are not present. Bus drivers are not allowed to smoke while on the bus.
Adult employees may smoke in outside areas designated and supervised by the principal or superintendent, an exception allowed for in House Bill 11.
The Fulton Independent School District reported that it had not voted yet on whether to adopt a plan compliant with House Bill 11. The Calloway County School District did not return a response to the question.
House Bill 11 says that anyone violating the smoking ban with the exception of designated smoking areas would be fined $1-$5.