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Making less scents in schools

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BRANDON -- The Brandon School Division will introduce a policy to regulate the use of scents in schools after trustees voted unanimously in favour of the motion during Monday's regular board meeting.

Once in place, the policy will serve to discourage students, staff, parents and visitors from "over-scenting" themselves, school board chairman Mark Sefton said.

"School is tough enough for a lot of kids, but if in their school they're having troubles breathing because somebody is over-scented, then I think there's a duty on us to deal with that and that's where we're going," Sefton said.

Consulting with students and parents will also be part of the implementation process, he said.

"The next stages include developing the procedures; how are we going to deal with this on a day-to-day basis? How are we going to enforce it? We'll also involve some consultations."

The BSD website says the scent and fragrance-free policy refers to products that produce scents strong enough to be perceived by others.

These include colognes, perfumes, aftershave products, lotions, powders, deodorants, hair products, cleaning products and other scented personal products.

Education will play a key role when it comes to implementing the policy division-wide, Sefton said.

Trustees hope to have the policy implemented by January or February.

 

-- Brandon Sun

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 10, 2013 A6

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