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Student Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs

File:  JDDA (pdf)
Adopted: August 23, 1990


STUDENT ABUSE OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS

The Boulder Valley School District recognizes that abuse of alcohol and other drugs is a significant health problem. Further, the Board of Education recognizes that the use, possession, distribution, or sale of illicit drugs and alcohol is illegal, constitutes a hazard to students' health, and is detrimental to a healthy learning environment.  Therefore, the Board assumes its responsibility for adopting a policy that will minimize the hazard to students. The Board supports the concept that parents, school, and community have the responsibility to cooperate in efforts to prevent problems of drug abuse and to seek help from public and private agencies for students who become involved with alcohol/substance abuse.

Student use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol or illicit drugs and the abuse of other drugs is prohibited in all Boulder Valley District schools, on school grounds, at school-sanctioned activities, or when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by the District.  Illicit drug use is the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, including anabolic steroids.  Illicit drug use includes, but is not limited to, the use of opiates, narcotics, cocaine, amphetamine and other stimulants, depressants, hallucinogenic substances and marijuana, and the abuse of inhalants. 

Compliance with the standards of conduct set forth in this policy is mandatory for all students. A violation shall subject a student to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution.  Specific disciplinary sanctions shall be described in the regulations that guide the enforcement of this policy.  In appropriate circumstances, disciplinary sanctions may include the completion of an approved drug or alcohol abuse rehabilitation program. 

The regulations that guide the implementation of this policy shall be in keeping with applicable laws and shall be observed by all staff members.  Appropriate procedures shall be followed by all Boulder Valley School District personnel in working with students who may: 

  1. Be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, including anabolic steroids, on school property, at school-sanctioned activities, or when being transported in vehicles dispatched or approved by the District.
     
  2. Possess alcohol, illicit drugs, including anabolic steroids, or drug-containing paraphernalia on school property, at school-sanctioned activities, or when being transported in vehicles dispatched or approved by the District.
     
  3. Be engaged in acts of selling or distributing alcohol, illicit drugs, including anabolic steroids, or drug-containing paraphernalia on school property, at school-sanctioned activities, or when being transported in vehicles dispatched or approved by the District. 

The Board encourages the continued development and implementation of educational programs for staff, students, and parents that have a positive effect upon student values, provide information on the harmful effects of dangerous drugs, aid in the prevention of alcohol/substance abuse, and reflect sensitivity to cultural differences.  The Superintendent shall implement age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs for all students in all the District's schools, from early childhood through grade 12, that inform students: 

  1. That the use of illicit drugs or alcohol is wrong and harmful.
     
  2. About the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use and effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol. 
     
  3. About the standards of conduct and prohibitions on the use, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs and alcohol set forth in this policy.
     
  4. About available and culturally appropriate drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs. 
     
  5. About penalties that may be imposed for drug or alcohol use, possession, distribution, or sale in violation of this policy.

The Superintendent shall ensure that all students and all parents are provided a copy of this policy and regulations regarding disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for a violation of this policy.

The Board shall conduct a biennial review of its drug and alcohol abuse prevention program to determine its effectiveness, to implement required changes, and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced. 

LEGAL REFS.:

Public Law 101-226, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 
20 U.S.C. 3221 (definition of "illicit drug use" and "drug abuse prevention program") 
20 U.S.C. 3224a (certification of drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs) 
C.R.S. § 22-1-110
C.R.S. § 22-32-109(1)(w)
C.R.S. § 22-33-105, -106

CROSS REFS.:

ADC, Tobacco‐Free School
IGAG, Teaching About Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
JRR, Student Rights and Responsibilities
JDC, Student Conduct
JRLE, Interrogations by Law Enforcement Officials  
JRS, Searches
JDSE, Student Suspension/Expulsion      

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