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Our Tobacco and Substance Use Education Program Area reflects our commitment to prioritizing the health and well-being of our students. By providing education and resources to prevent tobacco and substance use among youth, we empower students to make informed and healthy choices. Through our efforts, we contribute to creating a safe and supportive environment where students can thrive academically and personally. Together, we're building a healthier future for our community, fostering stronger connections between students, families, schools, and the community for the success of all. Under this program area, there are several program services we provide to our local educational agencies and the community.
TUPE Tier 2 
As grantees of the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Tier 2 grant programs funded by the California Department of Education, the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools, Student Support and Outreach (SSO) is dedicated to implementing innovative initiatives aimed at curtailing tobacco use among students. Our grant project aligns seamlessly with our commitment to the health and well-being of our students, focusing on developing comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs tailored to their unique needs. Through targeted education, community outreach, and strategic partnerships, we aim to empower students with the knowledge and resources necessary to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. By fostering a supportive environment and promoting healthy lifestyles, we strive to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and cultivate a generation of young people committed to living tobacco-free lives.

Prevention Programs

Intervention Programs

The TUPE Tier 2 program staff plays a crucial role in supporting Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with Intervention Programs like MY Healthy Futures and YVAPE. The MY Healthy Futures program offers an Alternative-to-Suspension curriculum, sourced from the Stanford Tobacco Toolkit, specifically tailored for students caught using nicotine products, e-cigarettes, or any tobacco products. Additionally, it caters to students interested in reducing or quitting nicotine use. This curriculum aims to provide students with the necessary education, resources, and support to make healthier choices and address their substance use behaviors effectively.
Furthermore, the YVAPE program is designed to create a positive experience for students while helping them navigate their substance use behavior. With the support of TUPE Tier 2 program staff, LEAs can implement YVAPE to engage students in constructive conversations about their substance use, encouraging self-reflection and empowering them to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being. By offering these intervention programs and the dedicated support of TUPE Tier 2 program staff, LEAs can foster a supportive environment that promotes student wellness and positive behavior change.
An Alternative-to-Suspension curriculum geared for students who have been caught using nicotine products, e-cigarettes, or any tobacco products and/or for any student who is interested in trying to reduce or quit nicotine use.  
YVAPE is designed to provide a positive experience for the student and help them think through their substance use behavior.

Cessation Programs

Referrals to the following Cessation Program: 
A free program that helps Californians kick smoking, vaping, and smokeless tobacco with the help of proven, science-based strategies. Take the first step toward quitting.

Parenting and/or Pregnant Minors

In addition to supporting Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with prevention and intervention programs aimed at tobacco prevention among students, TUPE Tier 2 also provides crucial support for pregnant minors, focusing on promoting healthy pregnancies.
A vital component of TUPE Tier 2 services is working closely with LEAs to ensure that pregnant students receive tailored education and resources to prevent tobacco use during pregnancy, as well as support for maintaining overall health. This support may include specialized tobacco cessation programs for pregnant minors, access to prenatal care referrals, counseling services, and assistance in connecting students to community resources for prenatal and postnatal support.
By addressing the specific needs of pregnant minors within LEAs and emphasizing tobacco prevention as part of a healthy pregnancy, TUPE Tier 2 facilitates a supportive and inclusive educational environment that promotes the well-being and academic success of all students, including those facing the additional challenges associated with pregnancy.
LEAs can refer students to our program by contacting Emmalee Tullus (Middle School) or Breanna Dawson (High School and Alternative Education)

Staff Professional Development

  • School District Staff Training 
  • LEA Technical Assistance 
  • Tobacco-Free Policy Development 
  • TUPE Staff Training 

California Healthy Kids Survey

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

Community Partners

  • CATCH Coalition
  • Sutter County Tobacco Control Group
  • California Department of Education - TUPE Coordinator Committees
  • Sutter County Juvenile, Justice Commission


Virginia Burns
Director, County TUPE Coordinator
Baljit Liddar
Administrative Secretary
Emmalee Tullus
Student Support & Outreach Specialist (Middle School) 
Breanna Dawson
Student Support & Outreach Specialist (High School and Alternative Education)  


  • Study showing success of CDE Tobacco-Use Prevention Programs