Please see the following information from our Board’s Caring and Safe Schools Department on the upcoming legalization of Cannabis:
As of October 17, 2018, it will be legal for individuals 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. It remains illegal for anyone under the age of 19. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario. Regardless of age, cannabis is not allowed on school property or at school-related events at any time.
It is illegal for anyone regardless of age to smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis:
● at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds
● on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds
● in child care centres, or where an early years program is provided
● in places where home child care is provided – even if children aren’t present
In YRDSB, we want families and students to be informed about the facts of cannabis legalization. To support this learning, you may find the following resources helpful . You can also request a hard copy through the school office.
Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know
Cannabis Talk Kit: Know How to Talk With Your Teen
We will continue to provide students with information and support to make positive and healthy decisions.