5131.6 – Student – Student Activities – Substance Abuse

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Adopted – 6/18/1992
Revised – 5/1/2014
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 desires to keep district schools free of alcohol and other drugs in order to help prevent violence, promote school safety and create a well-disciplined environment conducive to learning.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive prevention and intervention program that is coordinated with other school and community-based services and programs. The district’s program shall be scientifically based and designed to prevent or reduce alcohol or other drug use and the possession and distribution of illegal drugs. It shall include primary prevention activities such as decision-making skills and conflict management, instruction, referral to a rehabilitation program, enforcement/discipline, activities that promote the involvement of parents/guardians and coordination with appropriate community agencies and organizations.
(cf. 0450 – Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 1020 – Youth Services)
(cf. 4020 – Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace)
(cf. 5138 – Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
(cf. 6020 – Parent Involvement)
The Board and Superintendent shall agree upon performance measures that will be used to monitor and determine the effectiveness of the district’s program in reducing drug and alcohol use. The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement an evaluation process that includes ongoing assessment and analysis of objective data regarding the incidence of drug and alcohol use among district students, including discipline problems, and the prevalence of risk factors.
The Superintendent or designee shall consult with principals, teachers, other school personnel, students and parents/guardians when developing the district’s program.
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.
(cf. 5131.61 – Drug Testing)
(cf. 5131.62 – Tobacco)
(cf. 5131.63 – Steroids)
Staff should encourage students to participate as responsible partners in efforts to maintain a safe, constructive school climate.
(cf. 5137 – Positive School Climate)
The Board encourages the establishment of district-level advisory groups to assist in promoting alcohol- and drug-free schools.
(cf. 1220 – Citizen Advisory Committees)
The district shall provide science-based preventative instruction which has been proven effective in helping students avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs.
(cf. 6142.1 – Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)
(cf. 6142.8 – Comprehensive Health Education)
(cf. 6143 – Courses of Study)
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 of drugs or alcohol when such use is illegal. (20 USC 7114, 7162; Health and Safety Code 11999.2)
The district shall offer staff development activities for staff who implement the comprehensive drug and alcohol prevention and intervention program.
(cf. 4131 – Staff Development)
Intervention, Referral and Student Assistance Programs
School staff, students and parents/guardians shall be informed about early warning signs which may indicate alcohol and other drug use and about appropriate agencies offering intervention programs, counseling, referral and other student assistance programs.
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 or at school-sponsored activities.
Students possessing, using or selling alcohol or other drugs or related paraphernalia shall be subject to disciplinary procedures including suspension or expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation. In addition, such students may be referred to an appropriate counseling program, transferred to an alternative placement, and/or be restricted from extracurricular activities, including athletics. First-time drug/alcohol offenders (under the influence or in possession of a controlled substance without the intent to sell) shall be offered the choice of seeking an alternative to a five-day (maximum) suspension that involves the student and his/her parent in anti-drug/alcohol education and counseling program.
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. 5131 – Conduct)
(cf. 5145.11 – Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement)
(cf. 5145.12 – Search and Seizure)
(cf. 5144 – Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 – Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 6145 – Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

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: 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
CSBA Date – 2/96

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