Prohibited Chemical Use

Given the importance of student well-being, the possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, chemicals, illegal or controlled substances, abuse of prescription drugs, or the use of any chemical to achieve a “high” will not be tolerated at The Post Oak School.

Students are not allowed to use any of the above substances (except for approved, prescribed drugs) on any school property, our partnering institutions’ property or at any school-sponsored event. Students are prohibited from being under the influence of, possessing, concealing, selling, buying or distributing any alcohol, chemical, illegal or controlled substances on campus or at any school-related functions. This includes tobacco and nicotine products as well as any e-cig or vape devices. Students may only use prescription drugs that are prescribed to them.

State law prohibits the use of tobacco products on school premises by anyone. For students attending The Post Oak School, this includes the entirety of the Houston Museum District as defined in this portal.

If a student voluntarily discloses that they have a problem pertaining to drug or alcohol use, the school will assist the student and the family during the time of recovery in whatever actions are appropriate for that student, family, and the school community. Any student who is found to have a tobacco (nicotine) addiction will be supported through a transition to break the addiction through a program professionally managed by an off-campus organization.

If a student is discovered to have violated any of these rules, immediate suspension will occur; furthermore such actions are also subject to expulsion from school. Possession of drug-related paraphernalia or verbal or written reference to drug use is also subject to investigation and immediate intervention.

Nicotine and Tobacco Use

The Post Oak School is a nicotine and tobacco-free environment. Nicotine and tobacco use on either campus is prohibited.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Most daily smokers began smoking before the age of 18. The use of tobacco products (definition below) on school grounds, in school buildings and facilities, on school property or at school-related activities or school-sponsored events, including but not limited to field trips and athletic events, is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors.


Any device used to aid, ingest, light, burn, or consume any tobacco product as defined herein, including but not limited to pipes, rolling papers, matches, or any component or part of a tobacco product.

Any product containing, made or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff, or electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, vape pens, electronic hookah, or other similar products, regardless of nicotine content, that rely on vaporization or aerosolization.

Use of tobacco product

No person(s) shall, at any time, use a tobacco product in any school building, on any school grounds, at any athletic event or any school-sponsored event, or in any school bus or other vehicle used for school purposes. 

Possession of tobacco product

No student(s) shall at any time possess any tobacco product or tobacco paraphernalia in any school building, on any school grounds, at any athletic event or any school-sponsored event, or in any school bus or other vehicle used for school purposes.

When there is evidence that a student is in possession of tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia, administrators or other designated staff may confiscate such items.