2121 Substance Abuse Program

  • The board recognizes that the abuse of alcohol, and the use and abuse of controlled, illegal, addictive, or harmful substances, including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids is a societal problem and may represent an impairment to the normal development, well-being, and academic performance of students.  To ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all students, the board is committed to the development of a program which emphasizes drug and alcohol abuse prevention, intervention, after-care support and necessary corrective action. The program will address the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol use, and provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol. The program will be age-appropriate and developmentally based for all students in all grades.

    The board recognizes the effects to the school, home and community resulting from the abuse of alcohol and the use and abuse of controlled illegal, addictive or harmful substances including anabolic steroids.  While the primary obligation to seek assistance rests with the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s), school staff will work with the home and community to develop and implement a comprehensive prevention and intervention program.  The board of directors will seek the support, cooperation and coordination of public and private agencies through formation of an advisory committee, including representatives from the instructional staff, students, parents, state and local law enforcement staff and the county coordinator of alcohol and drug treatment or a representative of a treatment provider.

    The superintendent is directed to develop and implement procedures to assess the scope of the problem of the use of addictive substances such as alcohol, drugs and nicotine, and to reduce and/or eliminate the problems associated with the use of alcohol, drugs and nicotine.

    Parents will be invited to observe the program and review the materials as well as be provided, along with students, the required standards of student conduct and applicable sanctions.

    Cross References:
    Board Policy 3241             Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment
    Board Policy 5203             Staff Assistance Program

    Legal Reference:
    RCW 28A.170.075              Substance Abuse Awareness Program – Intent
    RCW 28A.210.310              Prohibition on Use of Tobacco Products on School Property
    20 U.S.C. 3171 et seq.      Safe and Drug-free  Schools and Community Act

    Management Resources:
    Policy & Legal News, Feb. 2013         Policy Revisions

    ADOPTED: 12/14/1995
    REVISED: 09/25/97; 06/25/13

    Procedure No. 2121P Substance Abuse Program

    Actions taken by staff in dealing with student use/abuse of illegal drugs, or alcohol will have as their first concern the welfare of the student involved and the other students in the school.  Although a helping relationship rather than an investigative and punitive approach will be emphasized, necessary and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when laws or school regulations are violated.  Law enforcement agencies will be called upon for investigative and consultative assistance where illegal drug or alcohol activity has occurred.

    As part of a comprehensive drug education program, the district will make parents and students aware of information, about available counseling, rehabilitation and re-entry program or services.

    All students and parents will receive a copy of the standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions regarding drug abuse issues.


    The prevention program will focus on classroom instruction, guidance services and the school climate.


    This dimension of the prevention program will focus on:

    1. The effects of alcohol, nicotine and other drugs upon the body.
    2. Skill development related to self esteem, goal-setting, decision-making, conflict management, problem-solving, refusal and communication.

    Guidance Services

    Staff will meet with students, individually and in small groups, to supplement drug and alcohol prevention instruction and skill development.  Staff will also assist parents to maximize the prevention efforts of the school.

    A facilitative school environment can help students to achieve in a productive manner (academically, socially and emotionally).  The school will strive to be a place where:

    1. Students, staff, and parents respect themselves and others.
    2. Individuals can be trusted to do what they say they will do. 
    3. High morale is evident. 
    4. Each person feels that they have a voice in the decisions that affect them.
    5. All feel that they are continuing to learn and grow. 
      All value diversity and accept it as an opportunity for growth and development. 
    6. All possess a “sense of belonging”. 
    7. All feel that they can make a difference to someone else. 

    To this end, the school will encourage the “Natural Helpers”, Care Teams, participation in the Washington Teen Institute and any education and/or prevention promotions that increase the awareness of the effects of drug and alcohol use/abuse.  Student support groups will assist students concerned about their own use of drugs/alcohol, students living in families suffering from drug/alcohol abuse or dependence, and students concerned about the drug/alcohol use of someone else.


    The goal of the intervention program will be to eliminate use of alcohol and the use of and abuse of controlled, illegal, addictive or harmful substances including anabolic steroids abuse by students.  Ongoing in-service will be provided for faculty and staff.  Important aspects of in-service training will include dimensions of the family illness and dynamics of the addiction process; enabling behaviors; intervention techniques; children in chemically dependent families; student experimentation, abuse and dependency; parental involvement and community resources; prevention issues and strategies; treatment and aftercare support; and implementation of the program into the classroom/building.

    Staff roles for the intervention program are as follows:

    A.  Administrators, counselors and selected staff meet regularly for the purpose of identifying any student(s) who may be in need of assistance. Such staff will be sensitive to identifying symptoms of substance abuse.

    Suspected student(s) will be referred to the Care Team, consisting of staff members who have exhibited a strong interest in attending to the needs of such students and who have received specialized training in alcohol and drug abuse dependency.

    B.  The Care Team will meet regularly to review referrals; confer with students and, if warranted, counselor, administrator and/or parents; collect data; make recommendations for services; and maintain a confidential system of recordkeeping. Parents will be involved before any action is taken by care teams.

    C.  Students returning to school from a community residential or outpatient treatment program will be given aftercare support by the Care Team. Such students may receive support from “Natural Helpers” so that they may develop a strong sense of bond with other students and the school.  Primary aftercare responsibility for students returning from a community treatment program rests with the student, parent and community treatment program personnel.  School staff, the student, parent(s) and community treatment personnel will work cooperatively to facilitate the aftercare plan.

    Corrective Action

    If a student appears at school or at a school-sponsored function demonstrating behavior which indicates that they may be under the influence of an addictive substance and/or admits to an administrator that they are under the influence of an addictive substance, the school will take the following action:

    1. The parents will be notified to arrange for appropriate assessment and treatment if necessary.
    2. If the student’s illegal use of an addictive substance is confirmed, the school administration may request the assistance of a law enforcement official.
    3. Appropriate school disciplinary action will be taken.

    If school authorities find a student in possession of addictive substances at school, the addictive substances will be confiscated and turned over to law enforcement officials for investigation and disposal. Appropriate school disciplinary action will be taken by school administrator regardless of law enforcement action.

    If a school administrator receives information concerning the sales and use of addictive substances outside of school, the information will be reported to law enforcement officials for their investigation.

    The district will conduct a annual review of the addictive substance abuse program to:

    1. Determine the programs effectiveness and implement changes if they are needed.
    2. Ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

    ADOPTED: 1/17/91
    REVISED: 9/25/97

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