Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The following section contains general information about student drug and alcohol abuse and related issues. More information about consequences for a student’s use and/or abuse of alcohol and drugs can be found in the Student Behavior and Discipline section of this Handbook.

Definitions
The Board of Education believes that the abuse of drugs, alcohol, and controlled substances by students is hazardous to their health and welfare. Therefore, the abuse of drugs must be excluded from the school environment. This philosophy is intended to communicate clearly to students and the District 96 community that every possible means of enforcement and education shall be employed to prevent drug abuse by students and to offer help to those who do abuse drugs.

Drug abuse shall refer to the use, possession, or ingestion of narcotics, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, (e.g., marijuana, alcohol), and other illicit substances, including but not limited to tobacco in any form, vaping, juuling and the improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medications, inhalants, or other substances. Drug abuse also includes the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Possession is defined as the use of a student’s person, clothing, purse, or any other receptacle carried by the student and includes the school locker, desk, or any other school property used to hide illicit drugs or look-alike drugs or drug use paraphernalia.

School environment is defined as school property, on a bus traveling to and from school, or while engaged in a school-supervised activity (including being a spectator) before school, after school, evenings, or weekends.

Enforcement and Supervision
Public law prohibits illegal drug abuse by any person, including young people. The Board requires that all disciplinary and behavior guidelines used in District 96 schools shall have as their objective the absolute prohibition from the schools the use, possession, or distribution of any illegal substance or drug, look-alikes, or drug paraphernalia. For purposes of the policy, students who are under the influence of drugs shall be treated the same as though they had drugs in their possession. The Board reserves the right to search the student’s person, clothing, purse, or any other school property used to hide illicit drugs, look-alike drugs, or drug use paraphernalia. Enforcement penalties may include suspension or expulsion from school.

Consequences for Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Drug abuse poses a grave danger to our students and will not be tolerated in the school environment. Consequences for drug and alcohol abuse will vary depending upon the circumstances of each case, but may include suspension or expulsion from school.

Cooperation with Law Enforcement Agencies
Students and nonstudents engaging in any illicit activity related to drugs or their use on the school property or while engaged in a school-supervised activity are to be referred to the local law enforcement agency. Students’ rights for due process shall be protected during these proceedings, consistent with student behavior policies. School officials will consider filing of appropriate charges.