File: JICH

Policy JICH
Adopted:  06/27/95
Revised:  09/28/99




Kiowa County School District RE-1 shall promote a healthy environment for students by providing education, support and decision making skills in regard to alcohol, drugs and other controlled substances and their abuse.  In order to accomplish this goal, a cooperative effort must be made among the schools, community and its agencies.


It shall be a violation of board policy and considered to be behavior which is detrimental to the welfare, safety of morals of other students or school personnel for any student to posses, use, sell, distribute or procure or to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances.  The unlawful possession or use of alcohol or controlled substances is wrong and harmful to students.


For purposes of this policy, controlled substances includes but are not limited to narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic or mind-altering drugs or substances, amphetamines, barbiturates, stimulants, depressants, marijuana, anabolic steroids, any other controlled substances as defined in law, or any prescription or non-prescription drug, medicine, vitamin or other chemical substance not taken in accordance with the Board policy and regulations on administering medicines to students.


This policy also includes substances that are represented by or to the student to be any such controlled substance or what the student believes to be any such substance.


This policy shall apply to any student who is on school property, in attendance at school, in a school vehicle or taking part in any school-sponsored or sanctioned activity or whose conduct at any time or place interferes with the operations of the district or the safety or welfare of students or employees.


Students violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions which may include suspension and/or expulsion form school and referral for prosecution.  Expulsion shall be mandatory for sale or distribution of drugs or other controlled substances, in accordance with state law.


Situations in which a student seeks counseling or information from a professional staff member for the purpose of overcoming substance abuse shall be handled on an individual basis depending upon the nature and particulars of the case.  When appropriate, parents shall be involved and every effort made to direct the substance abuser to sources of help.


The Board, in recognition that drug and alcohol abuse is a community problem, shall cooperate actively with law enforcement, social services or other agencies and organizations, parents and any other recognized community resources committed to reducing the incidents of illegal use of drugs and alcohol by school-aged youths.



Whenever possible in dealing with student problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse, school personnel shall provide parents and students with information concerning education and rehabilitation programs which are available.  Information provided to students and/or parents about community substance abuse treatment programs or other resources shall be accompanied by a disclaimer to clarify that the school district assumes no financial responsibility for the expense of drug or alcohol assessment or treatment provided by other agencies or groups unless otherwise required.


The district shall provide all students and parents with a copy of this policy and its accompanying procedures on an annual basis.


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


LEGAL REFS.:            20 U.S.C. 3221 Defines drug abuse education and prevention)

                                    20 U.S.C. 3224a, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act     of 1986, and

amended in 1989

                                    C.R.S. 12-22-303 (7)

                                    C.R.S. 18-18-107 (1.50

                                    C.R.S. 22-1-110

                                    C.R.S. 22-33-106 (1)(d)


CROSS REFS.:           JIH, Interrogations and Searches

                                    JKD/JKE, Student Suspension/Expulsion

                                    JLCD, Administering Medicines to Students




















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