It shall be the policy of the DeSoto Parish School Board to require that school properties be maintained in good physical condition.  The School Board, therefore, shall instruct the Superintendent to assure that all normal building and grounds maintenance, repairs and improvement functions are an integral part of the administration of the school system, including the regular evaluation for any safety hazards.


The Superintendent shall be vested with a broad range of administrative and supervisory authority relative to the school system's buildings and grounds program.  Regular reports shall be made available to the School Board relative to maintenance needs, safety, utility and attractiveness of school plants and grounds within the school system.


The School Board shall not be held responsible for any personal items stolen or damaged on school premises.  The School Board shall require principals and/or persons in charge of public school property to prohibit the use, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages on public school property.




Vacant and/or unoccupied premises owned by the School Board shall be properly secured and maintained to prevent unauthorized trespass or injury to the general public.  It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent or his/her designee to assure that any vacant and/or unoccupied property of the School Board has limited access for authorized personnel only and the grounds are maintained regularly.




The DeSoto Parish School Board shall provide a smoke-free/tobacco-free environment.


The use of any tobacco product, smokeless tobacco, or any smoking object/device, including but not limited to electronic cigarettes, advanced personal vaporizers, vape pens, vape mods and similar devices, shall be prohibited on and in all School Board property and vehicles, and at all school-sponsored or school-approved functions.  However, this prohibition shall not be applicable to any tobacco product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product and which is marketed and sold solely for such purpose.


School Board property shall include any elementary or secondary school grounds or buildings, any portable buildings, field houses, stadiums, equipment storage areas, vacant land, or any property owned, operated, or leased by the School Board where any form of School Board business is or may be conducted.


Notice of this policy shall be posted at the entrances to the grounds of each school and school building.




Any employee, visitor, or person eighteen years of age or older who violates these provisions shall be subject to the following penalties:


  1. First offense:  Verbal warning

  2. Second offense:  Written warning

  3. Third offense:  Disciplinary action for employees following established School Board policy.  Other persons shall be banned from the campus for one year.


Approved:  November, 2003

Revised:  November, 2006

Revised:  February 1, 2018



Ref:    20 USC 6083 (Non-Smoking Policy for Children’s Services)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§14:91.7, 17:87.6, 17:100.6, 17:151, 17:240, 17:416, 40:4, 40:1291.2, 40:1291.3, 40:1291.11, 40:1291.21, 40:1563, 40:1578.6, 40:1583

Board minutes, 12-1-94, 11-2-06, 2-1-18


DeSoto Parish School Board