213R - Drug Abuse and Discovery

A.  Principal's Responsibilities 

  1. The principal shall review and properly interpret the drug-abuse policy with both professional and classified personnel who are under his supervision.
  2. The principal shall be knowledgeable about drugs and drug abuse as well as laws that relate to the possession, sale, and use of dangerous drugs.
  3. When drug-related incidents occur in the school or on school property, the principal or designee shall be notified.  Any student whose appearance and behavior seem symptomatic of drug abuse shall be referred to the school nurse.  If a nurse is not                             present, the student's parent or guardian will be notified and asked to come to school. Upon arrival at school, he will be informed of the problem and asked to remove the student from school and have him examined by the family physician.
  4. If the student needs immediate medical attention, the principal or designee shall make a reasonable attempt to inform his parent or guardian and make arrangement to transfer him to a local hospital to be placed under the care of the family physician.
  5. The principal shall establish procedures that require students to inform him, the designee, or the school nurse when they are under medical care and must use prescribed medication at school or on school property.  The information shall be provided by a physician's order stating the type of medication, the dosage, and the expected length of treatment.
  6. The principal shall designate a staff member who will be responsible for keeping accurate and detailed records about all drug incidents that are reported to the principal or designee.  The rules of confidentiality shall apply to these records.
  7. The principal or school-level designee shall report all drug-abuse incidents to the division superintendent or designee.

 

B.  Teacher's Responsibilities 

  1. The teacher should be knowledgeable about drugs and drug abuse and be able to recognize significant changes in the appearance and behavior of students.
  2. The teacher shall inform the principal or designee about any students who show drug-abuse symptoms.
  3. Teachers shall inform the principal or designee when they notice that strangers are in the school or on the school grounds.
  4.  Teachers shall be responsible for the proper supervision of all assigned areas of the school and school grounds including rest rooms and locker rooms.

 

C.  School Nurse's Responsibilities 

  1.  The nurse shall be knowledgeable about drugs and drug abuse and shall be able to recognize the symptoms of drug abuse.
  2. The nurse shall observe referred students and determine whether they are in need of  immediate medical attention.  If it is needed, the nurse shall inform the principal or the designee.
  3. The nurse shall keep the principal advised about pertinent information related to harmful drugs and drug abuse.
  4. The nurse shall keep accurate and detailed records about all reported drug incidents.

 

D.  Guidance Counselor's Responsibilities 

  1.   The guidance counselor shall be knowledgeable about the nature and effects of dangerous drugs and other harmful substances, and they should be able to recognize symptoms of drug abuse. 
  2.  The guidance counselor shall keep the principal fully informed when student problems associated with drugs are identified.  He also shall work closely with appropriate staff members when dealing with identified problem.

  

E.  Responsibilities of Other Personnel 

  1. Other school personnel should become informed about the nature and effects of dangerous drugs and other harmful substances, and they should be able to recognize symptoms of drug abuse.
  2. Personnel in this category shall inform the principal when drug problems are identified, and they will work closely with staff members who have the responsibility of dealing with drug problems.

 

 

Adopted:          April 6, 1971

Amended:         June 4, 1985