Santa Cruz City Schools | AR 5131.6 Students
Alcohol And Other Drugs
The curriculum of all elementary and secondary schools shall include instruction on the effects upon the human body, as determined by science, of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs as defined in Health and Safety Code 11032, and other dangerous substances. Instruction shall be sequential in nature and suited to meet the needs of students at their respective grade level. (Education Code 51203, 51260)
(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)
(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)
Secondary school instruction shall also include a study of the effects of alcohol and other drugs upon prenatal development. (Education Code 51203)
(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)
Instruction shall be provided by appropriately trained instructors who have demonstrated competencies, as determined by the principal or designee, in the following areas: (Education Code 51260)
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
District staff shall intervene whenever students use alcohol or other illegal drugs while on school property or under school jurisdiction. Staff members who have a reasonable suspicion that a student may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall immediately notify the principal or designee.
If the principal or designee, in his/her professional capacity or in the course of his/her employment, knows, observes, or suspects that a student may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he/she may notify the parent/guardian. (Education Code 44049) The principal or designee may also search a student's person/possessions if there is reasonable suspicion that the student is in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The following procedures shall be followed when any student uses or possesses alcohol, other illegal drugs, or paraphernalia while on any school campus or other district grounds; while going to or coming from school; during the lunch period, whether on or off campus and during, while going to, or while coming from a school sponsored activity.
Use or Possession
1. First Offense - use or possession of alcohol, controlled substance, or other paraphernalia; If the student is under the influence of alcohol or other illegal drugs, the student will be suspended for the remainder of the day, and return the second day for an in-school suspension when appropriate or a second day of out of school suspension. During the day of in-school suspension or as soon as possible, a Behavioral SST will be held. The Behavioral SST Team may include: student, parent, counselor, administrator and possibly social worker, school psychologist, or school nurse. Possible interventions that may be implemented as a result of the SST include:
Drug abatement program
Referrals to outside programs
2. Second Offense: The student will be assigned two days of out of school suspension and one day of in-school suspension if appropriate or a third day of out of school suspension. During the day of in-school suspension or as soon as possible, a Behavioral SST will be held. The Behavioral SST Team may include: student, parent, counselor, social worker, possibly school nurse and administrator. The student may be put on a disciplinary contract, and the parent and student will be notified of the consequences of a third offence, which can result in a five day suspension and a site disciplinary hearing. The SST team will make recommendations for further intervention and supports.
3. Third Offense: The student shall be suspended for five days, and a site disciplinary hearing will be held, a school behavior contract will be put in place and any further violations may result in an involuntarily transfer to another school.
Any student who sells alcohol, marijuana or any controlled substance while at school or under school jurisdiction shall be suspended for five days and recommended for expulsion.
(cf. 5022 - Student and Family Privacy Rights)
(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
Regulation SANTA CRUZ CITY SCHOOLS
approved: February 23, 2011 Soquel, California
revised: August 26, 2014
revised: June 19, 2018