Board Policy 5390
Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol - Drug Free Schools
The Board finds and determines that the use of illicit drugs, tobacco and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful. The Board prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of drugs and alcohol including anabolic steroids on property of the District or as part of any of its activities. Moreover, no student shall be under the influence of any substance specified herein on school premises or as part of any of its activities. For the purposes of this policy, drugs are defined as any drug which is not legally obtainable and/or any drug which is legally obtainable, such as a prescription drug, but which is not legally obtained, is not being used for prescription purposes, and/or is not being taken according to prescribed dosages. The Board further prohibits the distribution, dispensation, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, look-alike drugs and tobacco on property of the District or as part of any of its activities. All cases of actual use, possession, sale, and distribution of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances or look-alike drugs upon school property, or at school sponsored events, traveling to and from school or on school buses, will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Penalties for Violation
Compliance with this policy is a condition of continued enrollment. Consequently, a violation of any aspect of this policy will render students subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or referral for prosecution. Alternatively, if deemed appropriate by the Board under the particular circumstances, a student who violates this policy may be required to participate in and complete a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program to the satisfaction of the Board.
The Board advocates an emphasis on assistance to students who are found to use, possess or sell tobacco, drugs, controlled substances, or alcohol. Therefore, in such cases a parent conference shall be arranged by the principal to develop, if appropriate, a referral for counseling assistance. At the parents expense, such assistance may include, but is not limited to the following: teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, parents, family physician and outside community resources.
Dissemination of Information
Students and parents shall be notified of available age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs (which address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol) for all students in all grades of the schools operated by the Board.
Students and parents shall be provided information about any available drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs which are available in the community to students.
Students and parents shall be notified at least each school year of the standards of conduct required by this policy, that compliance with those standards is mandatory and of the sanctions set forth in this policy. Students and parents shall be given a copy of this policy each school year.