Drugs and Alcohol

DRUG AND ALCOHOL GUIDELINES

Goals and Objectives

I.            The following goals, objectives and procedures for referrals of students under the influence of controlled substances or who choose to deal in such substances flow directly from our school philosophy.

A.   To create a drug free environment:

1.        Determine the magnitude of the drug and alcohol abuse problem among students by the use of a survey every year.

2.        Organize and implement processes to help those students who have problems with drugs and/or alcohol, such as:

a)    Referral to detoxification or outside counseling programs

b)      Student support groups for students returning from detox programs

B.    To establish procedures to assist the school in dealing with students who come to school under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

1.        Establish a formal process to provide teachers and other school personnel with guidelines for referring students under the influence of drugs and alcohol for immediate treatment.

2.        Ask parents to assume the major responsibility for providing rehabilitation with strong assistance from the school.

C.    To provide workshops for teachers, administrators, students and parents to enable them to identify students with drug and alcohol problems

1.        Acquire consultants with expertise in alcohol and drug abuse to conduct workshops for teachers, students and parents.

II.          GUIDELINES FOR REFERRING STUDENTS SUSPECTED OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

A.   In the Classroom:

1.        The Teacher’s Role:

a)    If the student exhibits mild symptoms of being under the influence of a drug or alcohol, the teacher should contact the appropriate assistant principal / principal.

b)    If the student exhibits strong symptoms (aggressive behavior, physical instability, sleepiness or agitation), the teacher should call the main office for an administrator, and, if convenient, call another teacher if that teacher does not have to leave his/her class. The administrator shall assist the student to the nurse’s office..

2.        The Administrator’s Role:

a)    The principal/assistant principal shall talk with the student to look for signs of influence.

b)    If necessary, the principal/assistant principal should bring the student to the Nurse’s office.

c)    The principal/assistant principal can conduct a search of both the student’s person, belongings, and/or locker. (See Section III).

3.        The Nurse’s Role:

a)    The nurse shall examine the student to determine the nature of the abuse problem.

(1) Checking first for vital signs.

(2) Administer a Breathalyzer test, or other appropriate test.

b)    If testing and examination is NEGATIVE, the student shall be sent back to either their administrator or class.

c)    If testing and examination are POSITIVE, the principal, an assistant principal or the nurse shall call the parents. The student shall not be sent back to class. If the student leaves the office without permission, action appropriate to the situation shall be taken by the principal or an assistant principal.

B.    Follow-up/Consequences:

1.        On the day the student is suspected of using/possessing or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the student shall remain in the custody of the school resource officer or Concord Police until the parents are notified.

2.        If the student refuses to cooperate with the school, the student will be suspended and the parents will be contacted and the Concord Police Department will become involved as appropriate.

C.    Outside the Classroom: Use of drugs or alcohol elsewhere in the building, and the outside campus and at school sponsored events.

1.        The Staff Member’s Role:

a)    If a student exhibits any symptoms of drug or alcohol use, the staff member should report the student to the principal or assistant principal, or, in the absence of an administrator, the teacher will report the incident to the administration as soon as possible..

b)    The administrator will examine the student and proceed as under Part II, A. 2., above

III.        GUIDELINES FOR REFERRING STUDENTS SUSPECTED OF POSSESSING, PURCHASING, USING OR SELLING ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN THE SCHOOL

A.   If a teacher or staff member has reason to suspect that a student possesses, is purchasing, using, selling or otherwise distributing drugs or alcohol (including drug paraphernalia, or look-a-like drugs or alcohol) on school premises, the teacher or staff member will immediately escort the suspected student to the office or to an administrator. If the student is in class, the teacher will notify an administrator.

B.    The administrator will question the student to discover the kind and amount of alcohol or substance involved, where and how it was obtained, and whether the student has more of it in his possession or control elsewhere in the school. This may involve searching the student’s person or locker. Any evidence found, will be labeled and dated in the presence of another staff member.

C.    The student will be examined for suspected use and being under the influence of a controlled substance as in Part I above.

D.   The student will be suspended a minimum of ten (10) school days and the case may be referred to the Superintendent of Schools for further suspension.

E.    The student suspected of possession, purchase, sale or distribution of alcohol or drugs will be referred to the School’s Resource Officer.

DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONES (RSA 193-B:2)


Except as provided by law, it will be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, prescribe, administer, dispense, or possess with intent to sell, dispense, or compound, any controlled drug or its analog, within a drug-free school zone at any time of the year.  The drug-free zone is an area which extends 1,000 feet surrounding the property of Concord High School. Any violation of this subjects the offender to severe penalties under the law. It will be a violation for any person to cover, remove, deface or destroy any sign or other marking identifying a drug-free zone as provided in RSA 193-B:4, I. Lack of knowledge that the prohibited act as defined in RSA 193-B:2 occurred on or within 1,000 feet of Concord High School property will not be a defense.



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