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Drug, Alcohol & Tobacco Policy

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

Pius X High School will not tolerate student use of illegal drugs and/or alcohol. The use of drugs or alcohol by young people compromises their basic dignity and threatens their potential. Any student found (or having been) in possession,1 in use of, or under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on school premises, or at any activity in which Pius X is officially involved will be subject to the following (provided the incident does not justify automatic dismissal):
  1. Parents will be contacted by an Administrator.
  2. Depending on the circumstances, the police may be notified.
  3. The student will be suspended out-of-school (OSS) for the next full school day.
  4. Following the OSS, the student will serve two detentions and be suspended in-school (ISS) for two school days.
  5. The student will be referred to the School and Community Intervention Program (SCIP) and required to have a drug screening/assessment within ten school days from the date of the incident. The results of the agency evaluation must be released to school officials. Failure to have the assessment within the specified time, release the results, or complete the agency’s recommendation for treatment is grounds for additional OSS or dismissal.

Pius X High School reserves the right to test students for alcohol use by means of a breathalyzer unit either on school premises or at school sponsored events, and/or to demand the testing of students for drug and alcohol use by law enforcement. Refusal to submit to alcohol or drug tests could lead to out-of-school suspension, disciplinary contracting, or dismissal.

 
[1] Pius defines possession as consuming, handling, dispensing, or being in physical control of, or knowingly in the immediate presence of illegal substances or alcohol. Students who find themselves in situations where illegal drugs or alcohol are present should leave the area immediately and report the incident to an adult. The adult must then contact an Administrator or Counselor at the earliest possible time to inform them of the incident.
 
ACTIVITIES ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY

Any possession of alcohol, drugs or tobacco will result in suspension from one scheduled athletic event or performance. This policy applies whether an offense occurred inside or outside of school. A second offense in one school year will result in automatic dismissal from any extracurricular activity. A school year is defined as the first day of school, or the first day of practices, whichever is earliest; until the last day of school, or the NSAA last sanctioned event, whichever comes last. Possession is defined as consuming, handling, dispensing, being in physical control of, or knowingly in the immediate presence of illegal substances or alcohol.

Because of the seriousness of these situations, a mandatory meeting of the student, his/her parent(s), the coach or sponsor, and an Administrator will be required. This meeting will result in a written contract outlining specific areas to be addressed and any further consequences based on the nature of the situation and the type of activity in which the student is involved.

If a student finds himself/herself in a situation where drinking or drugs are present, the student must leave the situation immediately and contact an adult immediately. The adult must then contact an Administrator or coach at the earliest possible time to inform them of the incident.

 
TOBACCO

Smoking by students (regardless of age) on school premises or at school sponsored events is prohibited. Students found smoking or in possession of tobacco products of any kind will be fined $20.00 and will earn a detention. Repeated incidents could result in further disciplinary action including, but not limited to additional detentions, loss of privileges, and being placed on an administrative contract.

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