The TUPE program provides funding from Prop 99 tobacco tax dollars for tobacco prevention education. In order for school districts to receive funding, they must submit a competitive grant to the California State Department of Education.
Competitive grants are available for LEA's serving grades 6-8 or grades 9-12.
The funds are to be used to deliver a comprehensive tobacco prevention program which includes:
- tobacco-specific student instruction
- supplemental strategies which include reinforcement activities and schoolwide events
- cessation for high school students
Though strategies and activities can be designed locally,they must be based on research on effective practices to prevent the initiation of tobacco use and reduce tobacco product consumption among youth already using. The Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) is the lead agency for tobacco control activities in our County. It is located in the Human Service Agency of the San Mateo County Health Department. Collaboration and coordination with this agency is an essential part of TUPE comprehensive planning.
The TUPE Coordinator for the County is the SMCOE Prevention Education Coordinator. The role of the Coordinator is to provide:
- leadership and strategic direction to LEA tobacco education efforts;
- technical assistance to districts receiving TUPE funding to help them design effective programs and meet funding requirements;
- information and updates on trends in youth tobacco use behaviors, and in effective prevention and intervention curriculum and strategies;
- staff development opportunities to prepare staff to deliver tobacco instruction on science-based curriculum;
- linkages to CDE TUPE Programs and to community tobacco education, prevention and cessation resources.
The coordinator is also available to assist in exploring other funding opportunities and to help with preparing TUPE grant proposals.