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JICH Substance Use and Abuse by Students

JICH

SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE BY STUDENTS

The Veazie School Department recognizes that the use of drugs and alcohol is a significant health problem for students that often results in negative effects on behavior, learning, and the total development of each individual.  While student health problems are primarily the responsibility of the home, it is recognized that the school shares in the responsibility because chemical health problems often are associated with learning and development.  As a result, the Veazie School Committee is committed to offer a comprehensive chemical health program that addresses both primary and secondary prevention.

1.  Primary prevention includes those activities that focus on chemical health education, self-esteem, chemical-free alternatives, decision making and coping skills.

2.  Secondary prevention includes early intervention, referral, follow-up and support services, and when necessary, disciplinary action for students with substance use or abuse problems.

The Veazie School Committee recognizes the need to seek a balance between aid to students with substance abuse problems and the protection of other students, property, and the school learning environment.  This drug and alcohol abuse policy includes firm standards and prohibitions.  At the same time, students are to be assured that the school will assist them in confronting and overcoming chemical abuse problems.

It is the policy of the Veazie School Committee that no student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine, or other intoxicating liquor.  Nor shall a student manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, any other controlled substance defined in federal and state laws/regulations, any look-alike substance, or any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance.  These prohibitions apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.  This policy is not intended to interfere with the legitimate use of prescription medication as prescribed by a medical provider.

Any employee who has a reasonable basis to suspect a student of possession, use, or sale of a prohibited substance shall:

  1.       Report the matter immediately to the proper administrator.

2.  Take whatever immediate action is necessary to secure the health and safety of the student.

3.  If possible, seize the inappropriate substance using appropriate search and seizure procedures.  If the employee finds it impossible or impractical to obtain the inappropriate substance, the principal should be immediately notified.

When dealing with suspected violations of this policy, the school principal will:

  1.       Verify the facts of the matter.
  1.       Meet with the pupil.
  1.       Notify the parents.
  1.       Notify the police, if appropriate.

5.  Determine disciplinary action for violators of this policy

A. If a student possesses any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine, or other intoxicating liquor, any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, any other controlled substance defined in federal and state laws/regulations, any look-alike substance, or any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance or possess drug paraphernalia, the student will be suspended for a minimum of 3 days;

  1.     A second offense during the same school year will result in a 10 day suspension and may also result in a recommendation for expulsion.
  1.     A third offense during the same school year will result in a hearing for expulsion.
  1.     If a student sells, distributes, or gives a substance or a look-alike drug as described in this policy, to another student, a minimum 10 day suspension will be given as well as notification to the police.  The student may also be recommended for expulsion.  A second offense during the same school year will result in a hearing for expulsion.

6.  In all cases, the student will be referred to, and shall meet with, a certified substance abuse counselor, or school counselor, or support group, as determined by the principal.

7.  Any staff member who is approached by a student who is seeking help is expected to offer assistance by:

  1.      Listening and discussing the concern.

B.   Referring the student to a substance abuse or guidance counselor.

  1.      Informing the principal as soon as possible.

8. When informed that a student has approached a staff member seeking assistance, the principal will:

            A.   Meet with the student.

                        B.   Meet with the guidance counselor.

                        C.   Inform the parents (if appropriate).

D.  Encourage the student to participate in clinical evaluation, counseling, and support group activities.

Legal Reference:          21 Sec 812 Controlled Substance Act

                                    21 CFR Part 1300.11-15

Adopted:                      01/05/89

Revised:                       10/07/03