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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  5131.6  Students

Alcohol And Other Drugs   

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The Board of Trustees 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.

It is the intent of the district to provide a comprehensive prevention program that includes instruction, intervention, recovering student support and enforcement/discipline.

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 drugs on school campuses or at school activities. Copies of the policy shall be widely disseminated to students, parents/guardians and the general public.

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

(cf. 5144 - Student Discipline Policy and Procedure)

The Board encourages staff to display attitudes and behaviors which make them positive role models for students with regard to alcohol and other drugs. Staff should help students see themselves as responsible partners in efforts to maintain a safe, constructive school climate.

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 involved in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse/use.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

The Board encourages the use of site-level advisory groups to promote alcohol- and drug-free schools.


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.

All instruction and related materials shall discourage unlawful use of alcohol or other drugs and 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 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.

(cf. 6142.2 - AIDS Prevention Instruction)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Board recognizes that there may be students on our campuses who use alcohol and other drugs and can benefit from intervention. The Board supports intervention programs that include the involvement of students, parents/guardians and community agencies/organizations. The Board also supports educating students and parents/guardians about the signs of alcohol and other drug use and about appropriate agencies offering counseling and rehabilitation for students and their family members.

The Board believes that school personnel must be trained to identify symptoms which may indicate use of alcohol and other drugs. The Superintendent or designee shall clarify the roles and responsibilities of staff and law enforcement in working with intervening, and reporting students suspected of using alcohol or other drugs.

Nonpunitive 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. When seeking help from an intervention or recovery program, mere disclosure of a substance use/abuse problem will not result in disciplinary measures. 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.

Recovering Student Support

The Board desires to support recovering students in avoiding reinvolvement with alcohol and other drugs by providing school activities and support services which enhance recovery.


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.

Students possessing, selling and/or using alcohol or other drugs or related paraphernalia shall be subject to disciplinary procedures as described in AR5131.6.

(cf. 5144 - Student Discipline Policy and Procedure)

School authorities may search students and school properties for the possession of alcohol and other drugs as long as such searches are conducted in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulations.

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

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: May 11, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: April 28, 1995

revised: March 27, 2001