Rescue Union ESD | BP 5131.6 Students
Alcohol And Other Drugs
The Governing Board 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 desires to keep district schools free of alcohol and other drugs and desires that every effort be made to reduce student use of these substances. The Board perceives this effort as an important step towards preventing violence, promoting school safety, and creating a disciplined environment conducive to learning.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop a comprehensive prevention and intervention program that includes instruction, referral to a rehabilitation program, enforcement/discipline, activities that promote the involvement of parents/guardians, and coordination with appropriate community agencies and organizations.
The Superintendent or designee shall clearly communicate to all students, staff and parents/guardians the district's policies, regulations, and school rules related to the use of alcohol and other drugs on school campuses or at school activities. Information about program needs and goals shall be widely distributed in the community. Special efforts shall be made to ensure that these materials are understood by parents/guardians and students of limited literacy or limited English proficiency.
(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)
(cf. 5141.51 - At-Risk Youth)
(cf. 5144.1 -- Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
Recognizing that keeping schools free of alcohol and/or 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 involved in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse.
To obtain the widest possible input and support for district policies and programs, the Board shall appoint a districtwide school-community advisory committee to make recommendations related to the prevention of alcohol and/or other controlled substance abuse.
(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)
The Board also encourages the use of site-level advisory groups in this area. (Health and Safety Code 11998.1)
The district shall provide preventative instruction which helps students to avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs. Staff should help students see themselves as responsible partners in efforts to maintain a safe, constructive school climate. Comprehensive, age-appropriate K-8 instruction shall address the legal, social, personal and health consequences of drug and alcohol use, promote a sense of individual responsibility, and inform students about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use alcohol and other drugs.
All instruction and related materials shall consistently state that unlawful use of alcohol or other drugs is wrong and harmful. Instruction shall not include the concept of responsible use when such use is illegal.
Teachers shall be trained to answer students' questions related to alcohol and other drugs and to help students obtain and use current and accurate information, develop and maintain a positive self-concept, take positive actions to cope with stress, and use appropriate social and personal skills to resist involvement with alcohol and other drugs.
The curriculum will be K-8, comprehensive and sequential in nature and suited to meet the needs of students at their respective grade levels.
Intervention, Referral and Recovering Student Support
The Board believes that effective intervention should be available to assist students who use alcohol and other drugs. School staff, students and parents/guardians shall be informed about signs and symptoms which may indicate alcohol and other drug use and about appropriate agencies offering intervention programs, counseling and rehabilitation for students and their family members. The district shall help recovering students to avoid reinvolvement with alcohol and other drugs by providing school and/or community service activities designed to increase students' sense of community.
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.
The Superintendent or designee shall take appropriate action to eliminate possession, use or sale of alcohol and other drugs and related paraphernalia on school grounds, at school events, or in any situation in which the school is responsible for the conduct and well-being of students. School authorities may search students and school properties for the possession of alcohol and other drugs in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulations.
The district will be participating in the County Detector Dog Program.
Students possessing, using or selling alcohol or other drugs or related paraphernalia at school or at a school event shall be subject to disciplinary procedures including suspension or expulsion in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulations. Such student also may be referred to an appropriate rehabilitation program.
Electronic Signaling Devices
No school shall permit the possession or use by students of any electronic signaling device that operates through the transmission or receipt of radio waves while the students are on campus, or while attending school-sponsored activities. This prohibition holds whenever students are under the supervision and control of school district employees. Students and parents shall be notified annually of this policy. Any student violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.
A student would not be subject to this prohibition if a licensed physician or surgeon has determined the use of such a device is essential for the health of the student. Use would be limited to purposes related to the health of the student. (Education Code 48901 .5)
(cf. 3515 - School Safety and Security)
(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 6142.2 - AIDS Instruction)
(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)
(cf. 6164.11 - Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol)
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
60041 Instructional materials
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE
25608 Alcohol on school property; use in connection with instruction
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
11032 Narcotics, restricted dangerous drugs and marijuana
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
13202.5 Drug and alcohol related offenses by person under age of 21, but aged 13 or over;
WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
828 Disclosure of information re minors
828.1 Disclosure of criminal records; protection of vulnerable staff & students
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
5812 National education goals
California Department of Education, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at
California Healthy Kids: http://www.californiahealthykids.org
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html
Policy RESCUE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: April 2005 Rescue, California