File:  JICH-R

DRUG AND ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT BY STUDENTS

In accordance with the accompanying policy, the following procedures are established for disciplining students for alcohol- or drug-related misconduct. These procedures will supplement and compliment authority conferred elsewhere by Board policy and will not be deemed to limit or suspend such other authority.

Use

1.  When a student is suspected of use, the person having the suspicion shall 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 shall comply with the Board policy on investigations 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 student's 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 student's 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 student's immediate needs are treated.  While waiting for the student's parent/guardian or further medical aid, the student will not be left alone but placed in a quiet situation where he will remain under observation.

Possession, distribution and exchange

Students who possess or are involved in any distribution or exchange of alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances or drug-containing 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 shall notify the principal or designee immediately.

2.  A staff member who has reasonable cause to believe that a student possesses or is involved in any distribution or exchange of alcohol, any controlled substance or drug-containing paraphernalia in violation of Board policy will request that the student accompany him 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 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 shall refer the student to appropriate law enforcement officials in accordance with applicable law.  A mutual decision will be made as to retention of the contraband by the school or testing by the authorities.

6.  If information warrants, the student's 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.

Sanctions and interventions

Students are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion for any single violation of the accompanying policy. Offenses and consequences for violations of the accompanying policy shall be cumulative for three calendar years. Offenses confirmed from schools prior to the student's enrollment in the district may count toward the cumulative total.

Possession, use and/or being under the influence

First offense

1.  The student will be suspended from school for three days.

2.  A parent conference will be held.

3.  The principal or designee will attempt to develop with the student's parent/guardian and student a plan that will outline the responsibilities of the parent/guardian, the student and the school in an effort to prevent further offenses from occurring.

4.  The principal or designee may recommend additional suspension and/or expulsion depending on the severity of the case.

Second offense

1.  The student will be suspended from school for five days.

2.  The principal or designee may recommend additional suspension and/or expulsion depending on the severity of the case.

Third offense

1.  The student will be suspended for ten days and recommended for expulsion.

2.  Alternatively, the expulsion may be waived and a suspension of no less than five days shall be imposed if the student agrees to complete an approved education/counseling/treatment program mutually agreed to by the student's parent/guardian and the principal or designee.  The student and student's parent/guardian shall be responsible for the program's completion and its costs.  Failure to provide documentation of completion of the program within the required time limits shall result in the imposition of the full expulsion period initially recommended.

3.  The principal or designee may determine that the alternative to suspension is not appropriate.

4.  Students who complete the approved education/counseling/treatment program shall be expelled for subsequent offenses of the Board's policy regarding student involvement with drugs and alcohol.

Purchase, sale, distribution and exchange

First offense

1.  The student will be suspended for ten days and recommended for expulsion.

2.  Alternatives to expulsion may be considered by the principal or designee.

Second offense

The student will be suspended for ten days and recommended for expulsion upon the second offense and all subsequent offenses within any three-year period.

CROSS REFS.:  JIH, Student Interrogations, Searches and Arrests

JKD/JKE, Suspension/Expulsion of Students

Adopted:  2/23/99

Revised:  7/23/13, 8/13/13