Board Policies


Adoption Date: Jun 15, 2002
Revision Date: Aug 10, 2011
5525 - SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Philosophy and Purpose

 

The Board recognizes that the use of controlled substances and the problems associated with such use are becoming increasingly commonplace in our society and among youth.  The Board believes that abuse of alcohol/drugs may lead to chemical dependency, which is a problem of major proportions in our society.  The Board recognizes that chemical dependency is chronic, progressive, but treatable.

 

The Board believes that a penalty of suspension or expulsion is appropriate for those who choose to use or be in possession of alcohol or other illicit drugs at school or school-related functions.  The Board believes that, in addition to a penalty of disposition, help should be offered to those students found to be under the influence or in possession of illicit alcohol/drugs.

 

Therefore, the Board mandates that students under the influence or in possession of illicit alcohol/drugs and the parent/guardian shall meet with the Building Principal.  Help in the form of recommendations for an assessment of chemical use, education, and/or further recommendations to the family for professional counseling or treatment will be the purpose of the meeting.

 

Definitions

 

School-Related activity is defined as any school sponsored activity, athletic or otherwise.

 

Controlled Substance is defined as any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, or mood altering drug, or an intoxicant of any kind including alcoholic beverages.  Such term further includes marijuana and any other substance, which is represented as being a controlled substance (look-alikes), whether in fact such substance actually is a controlled substance.

 

Dealing is defined as selling or sharing a controlled substance.

 

For the purposes of this policy “drugs” mean:

 

A.                   all dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Indiana statute;

 

B.                   all chemical vapors that are misused as intoxicants;

 

C.                   all alcoholic beverages;

 

D.                   any prescription or patent drugs, except those for which permission has been granted pursuant to Board Policy 5530;

 

E.                    any substance which is represented as being a controlled substance (look-alikes);

 

F.                    any other illegal substances so designated and prohibited by law.

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