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.
Board Policy 3241 Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment
Board Policy 5203 Staff Assistance Program
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
Policy & Legal News, Feb. 2013 Policy Revisions
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:
- The effects of alcohol, nicotine and other drugs upon the body.
- Skill development related to self esteem, goal-setting, decision-making, conflict management, problem-solving, refusal and communication.
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:
- Students, staff, and parents respect themselves and others.
- Individuals can be trusted to do what they say they will do.
- High morale is evident.
- Each person feels that they have a voice in the decisions that affect them.
- All feel that they are continuing to learn and grow.
All value diversity and accept it as an opportunity for growth and development.
- All possess a “sense of belonging”.
- 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.
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:
- The parents will be notified to arrange for appropriate assessment and treatment if necessary.
- If the student’s illegal use of an addictive substance is confirmed, the school administration may request the assistance of a law enforcement official.
- 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:
- Determine the programs effectiveness and implement changes if they are needed.
- Ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES
2000 Student Learning Goals
2004 Accountability Goals
2005 School Improvement Plans
2019 Curriculum Development
2020 Course Design, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials
2021 Library Information and Technology Program
2022 Electronic Resources and Internet Safety
2023 Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
2024 Online Learning
2025 Copyright Compliance
2027 District Ownership of Staff-Created Work
2029 Animals as Part of the Instructional Program
2030 Service Animals in Schools
2090 Program Evaluation
LEARNING PROGRAMS AND SUPPORTS
2100 Educational Opportunities for Military Children
2104 Federal and/or State Funded Special Instructional Programs
2106 Program Compliance
2107 Comprehensive Early Literacy Plan
2108 Learning Assistance Program
2110 Transitional Bilingual Instruction
2121 Substance Abuse Program
2125 Sexual Health Education
2126 AIDS Prevention Education
2140 Guidance and Counseling
2145 Recognition, Screening, and Response to Distress in Students
2150 Co-Curricular Program
2151 Interscholastic Athletics
2152 Extracurricular Activities
2153 Non-curriculum-Related Student Groups
2161 Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students
2162 Education of Students with Disabilities under Section 504
2165 Home or Hospital Instruction
2170 Career and Technical Education
2178 Traffic Safety Education
2190 Advanced Academic Program
2195 Academic Acceleration
2220 School Calendar
2240 Summer School
2255 Alternative Learning Experience Programs
2320 Field Trips, Excursions and Outdoor Education
2331 Controversial Issues/Guest Speakers
2333 Flag Exercises
2336 Required Observances
2337 Disability History Month
2340 Religious-Related Activities and Practices
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS
2409 Credit for Competency/Proficiency
2410 High School Graduation Requirements
2411 Certificate of Educational Competency
2412 Diplomas for Veterans
2413 Equivalency Credit for Career and Technical Education Courses
2414 Community Service
2418 Waiver of High School Graduation Credits
2420 Grading and Progress Reports