Student Substance Abuse Policy
Maine School Administrative District #31
DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE BY STUDENTS
The School Board and staff of MSAD 31 support a safe and healthy learning environment for student’s that is free of the detrimental effects of drugs and alcohol. Accomplishing this goal requires a cooperative effort among school staff, students, parents, law enforcement and organizations concerned with the use of drugs and alcohol by school-aged youth.
In order to promote the safety, health and well-being of students, the Board endorses a three-pronged approach to address the issue of drug and alcohol use; prevention/education; intervention and discipline. The Superintendent is responsible for developing appropriate administrative procedures, curricula and programs to implement this policy.
No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor. Nor shall a student manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of “bath salts”, any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid; any other controlled substance defined in federal and state laws/regulations; any look-alike substance; any edible laced with the aforementioned substances; or any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance.
Principals may suspend and/or recommend expulsion of students who violate this policy, based upon the facts of each case and in accordance with established disciplinary procedures. Students may also be referred to law enforcement authorities for investigation and/or prosecution.
The school unit will provide students with appropriate information and activities focused on educating students about drugs and alcohol and preventing their use. Programs shall teach students that the use of drugs and alcohol is wrong and harmful; how to resist peer pressure; and address the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.
The school will establish a team approach to intervene with students with drug/alcohol problems. The team may include:
Guidance Counselor/Social Worker
Teacher/Coach (if applicable)
Community Health Coalition Member(s)
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Specialist(s)
Students will be assisted in addressing their drug/alcohol problems and in continuing their educational program. Students will be provided with information and referral, if necessary to aid them in obtaining assistance from appropriate community organizations. Student records concerning such interventions shall be kept confidential as required by state and federal laws.
The School unit shall distribute this policy and appropriate related information to staff, students and parents on an annual basis through handbooks and/or other means selected by the Superintendent and building administrators.
MSAD 31 Substance Abuse Intervention team will review the Drug and Alcohol Use By Students policy annually and provide recommendations as needed.
Legal Reference: 21 USC § 812 (Controlled Substances Act)
21 CFR Part 1300.11-15
P.L. 101-226 (Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989)
17-A MRSA § 1101
22 MRSA §§ 2390-2394
42 USC § 290dd-2
42 CFR § 2.1 et seq.
20-A MRSA §§ 1001(9); 4008
Cross Reference: GBEC – Drug-Free Workplace
JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety
JKD – Suspension of Students
JKE – Expulsion of Students
JLCD – Administering Medication to Students
JRA – Student Education Records
First reading: 04/15/2015
Second Reading: 05/20/2015