Board Policies


Adoption Date: Jun 15, 2002
5530 - DRUG PREVENTION

The Board recognizes that the misuse of drugs is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the entire school community.

For purposes of this policy, “drugs” shall be defined as in Policy 5525.

The Board prohibits the use, possession, concealment, sale, or distribution of any drug or drug paraphernalia at any time on Corporation property or at any school-related event.  It further establishes a drug-free zone within 1000 feet on any facility used by the Corporation for educational purposes.

The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines for the identification, amelioration, and regulation of drug use in the schools.  Such guidelines shall:

A. emphasize the prevention of drug use;

B. provide for a comprehensive, age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention program which:

1. addresses the legal, social psychological, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use;
2. provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs and alcohol;
3. assists students to develop skills to make responsible decisions about substance abuse and other important health issues;
4. promotes positive emotional health, self-esteem, and respect for one’s body;
5. meets the minimal objectives as stated in the essential performance objectives for health education as established by the State’s Department of Education.

C. include a statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol are wrong and harmful;

D. provide standards of conduct that are applicable to all students which clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity.

E. include a clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, may be imposed on students who violate the school standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions;

The sanctions may include, together with punitive action, voluntary referral to appropriate persons or agencies for screening and assessment.  Such referral may only be made to qualified and properly licensed individuals or programs.
 
F. provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs to students and provide procedures to direct students and their parents to the appropriate programs;

G. require that all students and/or parents be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students;

H. require notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory;

I. provide a periodic review of the School Corporation’s program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced;

J. provide for a student assistance program which includes guidelines for prevention activities and programs, for referrals of students to outside treatment providers, and for cooperative follow-up after treatment has been provided;

K. establish means for dealing with students suspected of drug use or suspected of possessing, selling, or distributing drugs in school and ensure that the Corporation’s policy and administrative guidelines on Search and Seizure are complied with fully.

References:
I.C. 20-30-5-11

Public Law 101-226 (Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act as amended in 1989)
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