Student Substance Abuse Policy

Maine School Administrative District #31


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.

    1. Prohibited Conduct

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.

    1. Disciplinary Action

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.

    1. Prevention/Education

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.

    1. Intervention

The school will establish a team approach to intervene with students with drug/alcohol problems. The team may include:

    • Student(s)

    • Parent(s)

    • School Administrator(s)

    • Law Enforcement

    • Guidance Counselor/Social Worker

    • Teacher/Coach (if applicable)

    • School Nurse

    • 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.

    1. Policy Communication

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

Adopted: 07/19/2006

Reviewed: 03/19/2008

Updated: 03/21/2012

First reading: 04/15/2015

Second Reading: 05/20/2015