File:† JICH-R

 

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Use by Students

 

In accordance with the accompanying policy, the following procedures are established for addressing alcohol- or drug-related misconduct. These procedures will supplement and complement authority conferred elsewhere by Board policy and will not be deemed to limit or suspend such other authority. Students shall be disciplined as appropriate in accordance with Board policy JKD/JKE.

 

Use

 

1.           When a student is suspected of use, the person having the suspicion should notify the principal or designee. Notification must include reasons for such suspicion (observed use, unusual behavior, etc.). The principal or designee will conduct a check of the suspected student and collect data. This action must comply with the Board policy on interrogations and searches.

 

a.      If information is not sufficient to warrant further action, the principal or designee may have a personal conference with the student expressing awareness and concern.

 

b.     If information warrants, the parent/guardian will be requested to attend a conference at school. The conference may include sharing the data collected, explaining consequences of involvement with drugs/alcohol, developing a plan of action, and offering the parent or guardian general information and resources related to substance abuse.

 

2.           When necessary, emergency health and safety care will be provided and any procedural or disciplinary issues postponed until the studentís immediate needs are treated. While waiting for the parent/guardian or further medical aid, the student will not be left alone but placed in a quiet situation where the student will remain under observation.

 

Possession

 

Students who possess alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances or drug-containing or drug-related paraphernalia in violation of Board policy will be handled in the following manner:

 

1.           A staff member who comes in contact with evidence and/or contraband must notify the principal or designee immediately.

 

2.           A staff member who has reasonable cause to believe that a student possesses alcohol, any controlled substance or drug-containing or drug-related paraphernalia in violation of Board policy will request that the student accompany him or her to the principal or designee. If the student refuses, the staff member will notify the principal or designee immediately.

 

3.           The principal or designee will undertake investigation and search procedures in accordance with Board policy.

 

4.           The principal or designee will place any evidence in an envelope or alternative container as necessary which will be sealed, dated and initialed by the individual who originally obtained the materials and by the principal or designee. The evidence then will be placed in the school safe.

 

5.           The principal or designee may call appropriate law enforcement officials in each instance of possession or sale of controlled substances by a student. A mutual decision will be made as to retention of the contraband by the school or testing by the authorities.

 

6.           When there is evidence of a student possessing illegal drugs, the student may be suspended and the parent/guardian notified. If information warrants, the parent/guardian will be requested to attend a conference at school. The conference may include sharing the data collected, explaining consequences of involvement with drugs/alcohol, developing a plan of action, and offering the parent or guardian general information and resources related to substance abuse.

 

Distribution

 

Students who sell, give or exchange alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances or drug-containing or drug-related paraphernalia in violation of Board policy will be handled in the following manner:

 

1.           If an employee witnesses or has reasonable cause to suspect an act in which alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances or drug-containing or drug-related paraphernalia are being transferred from one student to another, the staff member will immediately attempt to detain the student and request that the student accompany the staff member to the principal or designee. If the student refuses, the staff member will notify the principal or designee immediately.

 

2.           The principal or designee will undertake investigation and search procedures in accordance with Board policy.

 

3.           Any student who distributes, trades, exchanges or sells controlled substances may be expelled.

 

4.           The principal or designee will place any evidence in an envelope or alternative container as necessary which will be sealed, dated and initialed by the individual who originally obtained the materials and by the principal or designee. The evidence then will be placed in the school safe.

 

5.           The principal or designee may call appropriate law enforcement officials in each instance of possession or sale of controlled substances by a student. A mutual decision will be made as to retention of the contraband by the school or testing by the authorities.

 

6.           When there is evidence of a student possessing illegal drugs, the student may be suspended and the parent/guardian notified. If information warrants, the parent/guardian will be requested to attend a conference at school. The conference may include sharing the data collected, explaining consequences of involvement with drugs/alcohol, developing a plan of action, and offering the parent or guardian general information and resources related to substance abuse.

 

Adoption date: September 22, 2014