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The Santa Clara County of Education (SCCOE) is Committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
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Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) is a comprehensive evidence-based tobacco-use prevention, youth development, intervention, and cessation program. The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco-use by helping students make healthy decisions through tobacco-specific educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets. TUPE funding originates from tobacco tax revenue and provides prevention programs in grades six through twelve. Through TUPE, districts and school staff/administrators receive training and technical assistance in the following capacities:
Tobacco-free Schools Certification
Peer Advocate Training and Middle School Youth Conference for youth leaders
California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) and California Student Tobacco Survey (CSTS) administration
California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) data workshop for administrators
Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit curriculum trainings for teachers
Brief Intervention Trainings for Counselors (Alternative to Suspension Method)
Quarterly district and community partner TUPE networking meetings
TUPE Tier 1 grant writing support and technical assistance
Current research on adolescent tobacco and vape use, as well as effective prevention, intervention and cessation strategies
TUPE offers a tiered systems of support to ensure students throughout Santa Clara County, receive the appropriate level of intervention needed to prevent substance-use. TUPE interventions are identified based on student risk behavioral data obtained through the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).
TUPE Tier I offers universal prevention strategies on campus that include:
Certification and enforcement of tobacco-free campus
Monitoring of youth risk behaviors and resilience data through the administration of the California Healthy Kids Survey biannually for grades 7th, 9th, and 11th (CHKS Survey)
TUPE Tier II offers prevention and interventions strategies that include:
Monitoring of youth risk behaviors and resilience data through the administration of the California Healthy Kids Survey biannually for grades 7th, 9th, and 11th and the California Student Tobacco Survey
Implementing classroom-based, research-validated substance use prevention programs
Providing intervention for those most at risk
Empowering youth through tobacco-focused youth development
Maintaining and enforcing tobacco-free policy
For questions regarding TUPE or about your application, please contact: Sonia Gutierrez at