Perfume won't be banned from public schools

Synthetic scents, such as perfumes and body sprays, will not be banned from public schools in Windsor-Essex under the school board's first written policy on the subject.

People simply being asked to be considerate about those with sensitivities

Synthetic scents, such as perfumes and body sprays, will not be banned from public schools in Windsor-Essex under the school board's first written policy on the subject.

Trustees approved the board's environmental sensitivities in the workplace policy Tuesday.

Director of education Warren Kennedy said the policy is simply encouraging students, staff and visitors to be considerate.

"We just want to bring to people's attention to the fact that there are people out there that have some sensitivities to some of the things that are in our schools or can be brought into our schools, either on [a] person or through cleaning agents," Kennedy said.

Signs will be placed in schools. But there will be no disciplinary action against students who use scented products.

"Signage will be our biggest support. It just indicates to people we have to be aware that some people have some sensitivities," Kennedy said. "We'll spend some time with principals and vice principals going over the policy and we've developed a procedure that goes along with it."