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Policies » Section J: Students » JICH: Drug And Alcohol Use By Students

Policy Date: 10/16/2018

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The School Board is concerned with the health, welfare and safety of its students. Therefore, the use, sale, transfer, distribution, possession or being under the influence of unauthorized prescription drugs, alcohol, narcotics, unauthorized inhalants, controlled substances, mind altering substances, and illegal drugs is prohibited on any school district property, in any district-owned vehicle, or in any other district approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or district activities. This prohibition also applies to any district-sponsored or district-approved activity, event or function. The use, sale, transfer or possession of drug-related paraphernalia, including vaporizers or similar devices, is also prohibited.

For the purposes of this policy, a controlled substance shall include any controlled substance as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 812(c), or RSA 318-B, Controlled Drug Act.

Students may only be in possession of medication as detailed in Board Policy JLCD. Searches of persons reasonably suspected to be in violation of this policy will be conducted in accordance with Board Policy JIH.

Any student who is found by the administration to be in violation of this policy shall be referred for prosecution and subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion or other discipline in accordance with the district’s disciplinary policy. Strict compliance is mandatory. The school principal shall immediately report all incidents involving a controlled substance to the appropriate local law enforcement agency and the superintendent. All controlled substances shall be turned over to local law enforcement.

In severe cases, if the parents/guardians or school doctor will not come to the school, the Principal is authorized to call an ambulance to remove the student to the hospital. Parents/guardians will be notified of this action and be responsible for the incurred expenses.

Students with disabilities who violate this policy will be disciplined in accordance with the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP.)

Legal References:
21 U.S.C. § 812(c), Controlled Substances Act
RSA 318-C, Controlled Drug Act
RSA 571-C:2, Intoxicating Beverages at Interscholastic Athletic Contests

Adopted: May 1, 2001
Adopted: December 3, 2002
Revised: May 15, 2018
Revised: October 16, 2018