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Novato USD |  BP  5131.6  Students

Alcohol/Drug Use And Abuse   

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The Board of Education believes that the use of alcohol or other drugs adversely affects a student's ability to achieve academic success, is physically and emotionally harmful, and has serious social and legal consequences. The Board expects district schools to be free of alcohol and other drugs and desires that every effort be made to eliminate student use of these substances.

The Board recognizes the need for a comprehensive drug and alcohol program including education, prevention, intervention, counseling, and enforcement/discipline. The drug and alcohol program shall include activities that promote the involvement of parents/guardians and is coordinated with other school and community-based services and programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually communicate to students, staff and parents/guardians the district's policies, regulations and school rules related to the use of alcohol and drugs on school campuses or at school activities. Copies of the policy shall be widely disseminated to students, parents/guardians, and the general public.

The district alcohol and drug related programs shall be reviewed and updated every two years.

Because keeping schools free of alcohol and other drugs is a concern common to the district and community, the Board supports cooperation among schools, parents/guardians, law enforcement and other appropriate community organizations in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse in the school community.


It is the intent of the district to provide preventative instruction which helps students avoid the use of alcohol or other drugs and clearly discusses the negative effects of alcohol and other drug use on decision-making, academic performance, and sexual behavior. Comprehensive, age-appropriate instruction shall address the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol use.

Non-punitive Self-Referral

The Board strongly encourages any student who is using alcohol or drugs to discuss the matter with his/her parent/guardian or with any staff member. Students who disclose their use of alcohol or other drugs when seeking help from an intervention or recovery program shall not be disciplined for such use. However, if a student is under the influence, possesses, uses, provides or sells alcohol or other drugs while under school jurisdiction, disciplinary procedures described in AR 5131.6 will be followed.

To obtain the widest possible input and support for district policies and programs, a committee is in place in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act to make recommendations on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

The Board supports intervention programs and information will be provided to students and parents on agencies offering counseling and rehabilitation. Training shall be provided for staff to identify symptoms indicating use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Appropriate action shall be taken to eliminate possession, use or sale of alcohol and other drugs and related paraphernalia on school grounds or school related events. School authorities may search students and school properties as long as such searches are in accordance with law and district policy.

The Board shall prohibit the acceptance of financial assistance from the alcohol industry in the form of sponsorship of any school activity or event held on school property. Any advertisement or promotion by the alcoholic beverage industry in publications, radio, television or Internet broadcasting services in any school activity or school-sponsored event directed to underage youth will not be permitted.

Legal Reference:


44049 Known or suspected alcohol or drug abuse by student

44645 In-service training anabolic steroids

48900 Suspension or expulsion (grounds)

48900.5 Suspension, limitation on imposition; exception

48901 Smoking or use of tobacco prohibited

48901.5 Prohibition of electronic signaling devices

48902 Notification of law enforcement authorities; civil or criminal immunity

48909 Narcotics or other hallucinogenic drugs

48915 Expulsion; particular circumstances

49602 Confidentiality of pupil information

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and restricted dangerous drugs

51210 Areas of study

51220 Areas of study, grades 7 to 12

51260-51269 Drug education

60041 Instructional materials

60110-60115 Instructional materials on alcohol and drug education


25608 Alcohol on school property; use in connection with instruction


11032 Narcotics, restricted dangerous drugs and marijuana

11053-11058 Standards and schedules

11353.6 Juvenile Drug Trafficking and Schoolyard Act

11357 Unauthorized possession of marijuana; possession in school or on school grounds

11361.5 Destruction of arrest or conviction records

11372.7 Drug program fund; uses

11802 Joint school-community alcohol abuse primary education and prevention program

11998-11998.3 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Master Plans

11999-11999.3 Alcohol and drug program funding; no unlawful use

124175-124200 Adolescent family life program


13860-13864 Suppression of drug abuse in schools


13202.5 Drug and alcohol related offenses by person under age of 21, but aged 13 or over;


828 Disclosure of information re minors

828.1 Disclosure of criminal records; protection of vulnerable staff & students


5812 National education goals

7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Management Resources:


California Department of Education, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention:

California Healthy Kids:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools:


adopted: June 2, 2009 Novato, California

revised: April 17, 2012