Substance, Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse

Substance, Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse (Bd. Policy #5530-Alcohol and/or Steroid Abuse Regulation for further information).

The Board of Education recognizes that a pupil’s abuse of harmful substances seriously impedes that pupil’s education and threatens the welfare of the entire school community. The Board is committed to the prevention of substance abuse and the rehabilitation of substance abusers by educational means, but will take the necessary and appropriate steps to protect the school community from harm and from exposure to harmful substances. Accordingly, the Board will establish and maintain a comprehensive substance abuse intervention, prevention, and treatment referral program in the schools of this district.

If a faculty or staff member believes a student is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the following procedures will take place immediate when it has been brought to the attention of the administration.

    1. An administrator or security personnel will escort the student to the nurse’s office where a student’s vital signs will be taken.
    2. An administrator will contact a parent/guardian to make arrangements for the student to be picked up and taken within two hours to have testing                         conducted to determine if the student is under the influence. The parent will be given a form that must be filled out by the attending doctor. If the doctor           gives their consent, the student will be permitted back into school until the results of the test are confirmed.
    3. If the test results are found to be negative, the student will remain in school and no further action will be taken. 
    4. If the test results are found to be positive, the student will be suspended from the school for a period of time (between three to ten days). During the time           of suspension, the student must be evaluated by an outside treatment facility before returning to school. 
    5. Once the documentation from a facility has been given to the school, the student will be permitted to return. The Student Assistance Counselor will also           meet with the student during the week they have returned to school as a follow up. 
    6. Any senior found under the influence or in possession of an illegal substance will lose their parking privilege immediately.  Juniors will also lose their               parking privilege for their senior year.
    7. Any student who refuses to be tested will be presumed to be under the influence and will be suspended for a period of time (between three to ten         days) and must be evaluated by an outside treatment facility before returning to school.