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Sutter County Superintendent of Schools

Tom Reusser, Superintendent

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education

TUPE Drug Free
(Red Ribbon Celebration Week at Browns Elementary School, 2010)

The Intervention and Prevention Programs (IPP) offer and provide Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) grant programs funded by California Department of Education.  The IPP entered into a consortium with three Sutter County school districts.  Program and services include Tobacco Prevention and Intervention Continuum of research-validated prevention curriculums for students in grades 6-12, intervention strategies for current-users for students in grades 7-12, and cessation strategies for students in grades 9-12.  

The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce tobacco use by our students and guide them to make healthy tobacco-related decisions through tobacco-specific, research-validated educational instruction and activities that build knowledge, as well as social skills and youth developmental assets.

Additionally, IPP ensures that all Sutter County school districts meet Tobacco Free Certification - TUPE compliance mandates by the California Department of Education.      

Our TUPE Programs:


1. Direct Services for School Districts in TUPE Cohort L Grant (2016-2020)

  • Yuba City Unified School District, click here

  • Live Oak Unified School District, click here

  • Sutter Union High School District, click here

  • SCSOS-Feather River Academy, click here



TUPE Continuum



Project ALERT


Youth Media Network & Advocacy

Online Curriculum

Classroom based


Total of 11 lessons:  7th grade

Total of 3 lessons:  8th grade


Implemented by teachers at the school site identified by the school administrator. Teachers will complete a 8 hr online training prior to starting the program lessons.

A wellness program that promotes the benefits of living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.


Implemented by an Elite Fitness Trainer with group sessions and a follow-up.

Students participate in activities and create media to counteract the influence of tobacco use.


Implemented by IPP Staff in collaboration with Sutter County Tobacco Control (SASC).




Prevention Education:  Total of 8 lessons

Individual Assessment:  Total of 3-4 sessions

Prevention & Intervention Groups:  Total of 3-12 sessions

Implemented by IPP Staff



Brief Intervention


Cessation Program

Referral Based Intervention

2-4 sessions


In lieu of suspension and/or in addition to suspension, student is referred when caught with a substance.  Use online referral link:

Cessation Program:  Referral based with groups of no more than 8 students.

Total of 8 sessions

Self-referral program for students who want to quit smoking

2. California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The Sutter County Superintendent of Schools - Intervention and Prevention Programs were a part of the pilot project of the California Healthy Kids Survey in 1994.  The CHKS is used to measure TUPE program effectiveness.  

In Addition, the CHKS, School Climate Staff Survey and Parent Survey is designed to meet multiple LCAP Priorities:

  • School Climate

  • Pupil Engagement

  • Parent Involvement

  • Facilities

The CHKS consists of topical modules appropriate for grades 4 and above. In California, the Department of Education requires that all schools in compliance with NCLB Title IV and TUPE funding conduct the district-level CHKS Module A: Core and Module B: Tobacco biennially among students in grades 5, 7, 9, 11 in continuation and community day schools.

The CHKS enables our schools and community to collect and analyze valuable data regarding our local youth behaviors that are barriers to learning, such as substance use, violence, and bullying, as well as school safety, connectedness, and the level of developmental supports that the schools provide students. Schools are also provided technical assistance in using this information to guide program decision-making and monitoring their progress in meeting student needs.

For further information regarding CHKS, visit their website here

3. Professional Development Trainings

       Teachers:  Trained to deliver the Project Alert, Project TND and Youth Development curriculum and prevention strategies.


        Families and Community:  Trained on ways to collaborate to change community and family norms regarding tobacco use.

4. Community Partners

  • Sutter County Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition
  • Sutter County Tobacco Control Group
  • California Department of Education - TUPE Coordinator Committees
News Release

News Release

California Department of Education (CDE) - Study showing success of CDE Tobacco-Use Prevention Programs


Virginia Burns
Program Coordinator II
Baljit Liddar
Administrative Secretary

Erica Melchor
Intervention & Prevention Specialist
Sandi Hill
Intervention & Prevention Specialist