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JDDA - Drug Free Schools

Goddard USD #265 recognizes the responsibility of the school to regulate and provide a learning environment for all students. SUCH LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SHALL BE REGULATED SO THAT ALL STUDENT ENROLLEES SHALL BE FREE OF NARCOTICS, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, ILLICIT DRUGS AND/OR UNPRESCRIBED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. Maintaining drug free schools is important in establishing an appropriate learning environment for the district’s students. The possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, unprescribed controlled substance drugs, or drug look alikes, drug paraphernalia or alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity is prohibited.

Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs, Drug Look Alikes and Unprescribed Controlled Substances 
A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, distribute, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamine, barbiturate, inhalant, marijuana, unprescribed controlled substance, drug look alike, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverage of any kind: 

  1. On the school grounds during, before or after school hours; 
  2. On school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any school personnel, school group, or group authorized by the school; 
  3. Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event. 

Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription, for the user from a registered physician, shall not be considered a violation of this rule. It shall be considered a violation of the rule for a student to possess, use or distribute any prescription drug for which the student does not have an authorized medical prescription from a physician. Additionally, it shall be considered a violation of the rule for a student to distribute a drug for which they have an authorized medical prescription from a physician to any other student(s). 

It shall not be a violation of this rule for a student to possess or use a needed over the counter medication in a quantity that does not exceed the reasonable personal needs of an average user of said medication. It shall be a violation of this rule for a student to sell, transmit or distribute an over the counter medication to any other student(s). Students must be in compliance with BOE Policy JGFGB-R, Supervision of Medications. 

Violation of any provision of this behavior code may result in suspension and/or expulsion and possible criminal action. 
Students who are suspended or expelled under the terms of this policy will be afforded the due process rights contained in board policies and Kansas statutes, K.S.A. 72-8901, et. seq. Nothing in this policy is intended to diminish the ability of the district to take other disciplinary action against the student in accordance with other policies governing student discipline. 

A copy of this policy will be provided to all students and the parents of all students in the back-to-school issue of the district newsletter and shall be found in the student policies section on the district website. Parents of all students will be notified that compliance with this policy is mandatory.

Administrative Procedure for Enforcement Documentation 
When a pupil exhibits behaviors that may indicate the use of any illegal intoxicating beverages, drugs, or other unprescribed controlled substances, the school employee will investigate such behaviors, notify district police for legal intervention if appropriate, and provide the pupil and his/her lawful custodian(s) with the documented evidence. 

  1. The school has the right to search and seize deleterious substances from lockers, persons, automobiles or personal possessions based upon reasonable suspicion that a violation of the preceding board policy is occurring or has occurred. Alcohol and/or drug testing devices and/or field testing procedures may be used in determining if a student is under the influence. 
  2. The use or possession of tobacco by Goddard students in any attendance center, on school property, or at any school activity is strictly prohibited. Discipline and consequences specific to tobacco products are addressed in BOE Policy JDDB Tobacco Free-Policy.

The consequences for violation of policy JDDA will be a short-term suspension and a hearing for long-term suspension/expulsion. If circumstances warrant, administration may reduce the suspension/expulsion requirements through a conditional enrollment plan. As a part of that plan the student and parent must actively participate in a monitored established treatment program approved by the school. Participation is to be at their expense. 

If a hearing is held in response to violation of BOE Policy JDDA, consequences may include the following: 

  1. The consequences for violation of Board Policy JDDA for the sale or distribution of any drug, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamine, barbiturate, inhalant, marijuana, unprescribed controlled substance, drug look alike, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverage shall be long-term suspension or expulsion. 
  2. The student may be long-term suspended or expelled; 
  3. A suspension may be issued giving the student time for assessment with re-enrollment at a future determined time. Re-enrollment will include a 30 calendar day suspension from driving and parking privileges on district property. 
  4. If the student fails to follow the treatment plan while conditionally re-enrolled the hearing committee will be reconvened. 
  5. If future violations of policy JDDA occur, the consequence will be short-term suspension and a hearing for long-term suspension/expulsion may be requested.

Team/Counselor Intervention 
The school district will make every effort to support the professional intervention and treatment program selected by the parents at their expense for those students conditionally re-admitted and completing a drug/alcohol treatment program. 

  1. The school will designate the school employees responsible for establishing, coordinating, and monitoring the contract. 
  2. The school employees responsible for monitoring the treatment process will request the lawful custodian(s) to sign a release of information form through the agency providing services. The school will then monitor the pupil’s participation in and completion of the assessment and agency recommendations. 
  3. It is appropriate that an assessment for potential chemical dependency be administered by a qualified treatment agency which is intended to determine specifically if the observed behaviors are directly related to alcohol and/or drug abuse. Such an assessment may or may not lead to formal treatment. It is appropriate for school personnel to provide a list of resources available for the consideration of the lawful custodian(s) in their selection of a service provider. By providing more than one possible selection choice, the school district shall not be considered financially liable for the intake interview/assessment nor for any services subsequently recommended. The school shall recommend to the treatment agency that it develop consequences appropriate to the situation, request a release of information be signed, and assign staff personnel to monitor the pupil’s progress. 
  4. The school will provide support sessions designed to support students in meeting the agency’s recommendations.

Use of Trained Dogs to Promote Drug Free School 
In order to promote a drug free environment, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools or the superintendent’s designee to use dogs specifically trained to detect drugs to search the facilities and grounds of Unified School District 265 including any vehicles on USD 265 property.

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