DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
1. A student possessing or using drugs, alcohol or any controlled substance or paraphernalia as defined by law, or having the smell of alcohol or drugs on his/her breath or person, or who otherwise appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during school hours (including detention or after school session) or present on school property or at a school-sponsored event will be subject to the discipline code and shall be indefinitely excluded from school pending a due rocess hearing before the Principal or his designee and drug testing as described below.
2. If there is a reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol during school hours, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event, the principal or school nurse will immediately notify the parent/guardian that the student will remain in the custody of the Principal or school nurse until the parent/guardian can retrieve the student. The school nurse will make an immediate referral to a physician, health care provider or recognized rehabilitation agency, as etermined by physical assessment. The school may notify law enforcement or other agencies.
3. If there is a reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol during school hours, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event, the student will be excluded from school for an indefinite period of time. The student will not be readmitted into school until the school is provided with a written communication from a physician, health care provider, or rehabilitative agency showing the student has been tested for drugs by a lab test, the date of the test and testing method, the results of the drug test, and that appropriate referrals for an assessment, counseling and other interventions have been made for students who have tested positively for drugs.
4. Students who test positively for drugs will be excluded from participation in all school activities and extracurricular events for a period not to exceed six months and may be subject to other discipline. Such students may, at the discretion of the principal or his designee, be required to undergo additional and periodic drug testing.
5. Parents/guardians of students who have tested positively for drugs will be encouraged to meet with the principal, school nurse or other school staff as soon as practical.
6. All records concerning drug testing shall be maintained by the school nurse in a separate and confidential file apart from the student records and shall be destroyed when the student graduates, withdraws or transfers from the Randolph Public Schools.
7. If there is a reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the student will be immediately referred to the Student Intervention Team for assessment, follow-up and further intervention.
8. A student who transports, possesses, sells, exchanges, distributes or uses drugs or alcohol during school hours or on school property or at school-sponsored events or activities, are subject to immediate suspension and permanent exclusion from school.
9. A student who has the smell of alcohol on his/her breath or who otherwise appears to be under the influence of alcohol during school hours, or on school property or at school-sponsored events or. activities, will be excluded from participation in all school activities and extracurricular events for a period not to exceed six months and may be subject to other discipline, including but not limited to immediate suspension and permanent exclusion from school.
TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND TOBACCO
In accordance with state and federal law, the District shall provide age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs in grades pre-K-12.
The drug and alcohol education program shall address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use. It shall include special instruction as to the effects upon the human system; the emotional, psychological, and social dangers of such use with emphasis on nonuse by schoolage children, and the illegal aspects of such use. The program also shall include information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol.
The objectives of this program, as stated below, are rooted in the School Committee's belief that prevention requires education, and that the most important aspect of the policies and guidelines of the District should be the education of each individual to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
To create an awareness of the total drug problem-prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and law enforcement on the local, state, national, and international levels.
To relate the use of drugs and alcohol to physical, mental, social, and emotional practices.
To develop the student's ability to make intelligent choices based on facts and to develop the courage to stand by one's own convictions.
To understand the personal, social, and economic problems causing the misuse of drugs and alcohol.
To develop an interest in preventing illegal use of drugs in the community.
The curriculum, instructional materials, and outcomes used in this program shall be recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the School Committee.
Adopted April 25, 1996
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:1
CROSS REF.: ADF, School District Wellness Policy
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY
The school district will provide a drug-free workplace and certifies that it will:
1. Notify all employees in writing that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the district's workplace and specify the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of such prohibitions.
2. Establish a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace; the district's policy of maintaining a drug-free work-place; and available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs; and the penalty that may be imposed on employees for drug abuse violations occurring in the workplace.
3. Make it a requirement that each employee whose employment is funded by a federal grant be given a copy of the statement as required.
4. Notify the employee in the required statement that as a condition of employment under the grant, the employee will abide by the terms of the statement, and will notify the district of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction.
5. Notify the federal agency within ten days after receiving notice from an employee or otherwise receiving notice of such conviction.
6. Take one of the following actions within 30 days of receiving notice with respect to any employee who is so convicted; take appropriate personnel action against such an employee, up to and including termination; or require such employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state or local health law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.
7. Make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free workplace through implementation of all the provisions of this policy.
LEGAL REFS.: The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
CROSS REFS.: JICH, Drug and Alcohol Use by Students