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Escondido Union HSD  |  AR  5131.6  Students

Alcohol And Other Drugs   

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In order to reflect current state and federal legislation, the Governing Board includes tobacco as a drug.

Students shall receive instruction by appropriately trained instructors about the nature and effects of alcohol and other drugs, including dangerous drugs defined by Health and Safety Code 11032. (Education Code 51260)

Site administrators shall determine that drug education instructors are appropriately trained, having demonstrated that they possess:

1. The ability to interact with students in a positive way.

2. Knowledge of the properties and effects of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs, and shared drug apparatus.

3. Effective teaching skills and competency in helping students to express opinions responsibly and to become aware of their values as they affect drug-use decisions. (Education Code 51260)

At all grade levels, instruction shall include a study of the effects of alcohol and other drugs upon the human system, as determined by science. (Education Code 51203, 51260)

Instruction in drug education should be given in health courses required by Education Code 51210. (Education Code 51260)

Instruction in drug education shall be conducted in health courses and in any other appropriate area of study required by Education Code 51220. (Education Code 51260)

Instruction shall be sequential in nature and suited to meet the needs of students at their respective grade level. (Education Code 51260)

Secondary school instruction shall include a study of the effects of alcohol and other drugs upon prenatal development, as determined by science. (Education Code 51203)

The district drug education program shall augment any program provided by county drug education services. (Education Code 51260)

Staff shall take every opportunity to cooperate with county staff in planning and implementing collaborative alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention programs.

(cf. 5131.63 - Anabolic Steroids)


The staff shall intervene whenever students use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs while on school property or under school jurisdiction.

(cf. 5141.21 - Administering Medication)

Staff members who believe that a student may be under the influence of alcohol, tobacco or drugs shall immediately notify the principal or designee.

If the principal or designee knows, observes or suspects that the student may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he/she may notify the parent/guardian. (Education Code 44049)

School staff shall not disclose confidential information provided during counseling by a student 12 years of age or older. A school counselor may report such information to the principal or parent/guardian only when he/she believes that disclosure is necessary to avert a clear and present danger to the health, safety or welfare of the student or other persons living in the school community. The school counselor shall not disclose such information to the parent/guardian if he/she believes that the disclosure would result in a clear and present danger to the student's health, safety or welfare. (Education Code 44049, 49602)

(cf. 5022 - Student and Family Privacy Rights)

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

The principal or designee may refer families of these students to services that effectively deal with their drug problems.

In severe cases, if the parents/guardians or the school medical personnel are not immediately available, the principal is authorized to call an ambulance to remove the student to a hospital. Parents/guardians will be notified of this action and shall be responsible for the incurred expenses.


approved: August 6, 2013 Escondido, California