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					Policy 5.33


         ALCOHOL, RESTRICTED AND ILLICIT DRUG USE BY STUDENTS

POLICY:

In order to maintain a quality learning environment, students shall not consume, be under
the influence of, in possession of, traffic in or distribute alcohol, restricted or illicit drugs
at school or on school related activities.

The Board believes that the Division in co-operation with families, community and law
enforcement agencies, has a responsibility to:

    1.      Educate students in regards to alcohol and drug abuse; and
    2.      Ensure that students who possess, are under the influence of, or traffic in
            alcohol/drugs while under school supervision, receive appropriate
            consequences.

GUIDELINES:

    1.      Principals shall ensure that school educational programs (for example:
            CALM, health, science) include components designed to increase student
            knowledge of facts relating to controlled substances including alcohol.

    2.      The Division will co-operate with families, community and provincial
            agencies in the provision of counselling and rehabilitative programs for the
            students who use and abuse drugs.


    3.      Misuse of controlled substances is illegal and will not be permitted on school
            property or in conjunction with school-sanctioned activities including extra-
            curricular and off site events.

    4.      Having consumed, being under the influence of, possessing, distributing or
            trafficking these substances at school or at off site school activities is contrary
            to the Student Conduct Policy (5.21) and students engaging in such behaviour
            are subject to the Student Discipline Policy (5.22).

    5.      Parents/guardians will be notified in all instances of school-related
            alcohol/drug violations.

    6.      Students will not be permitted to remain on school property while having
            consumed or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Appropriate
            supervision will be arranged for such students until a parent or guardian
            assumes safe custody.

    7.      A conference will be held with parents/guardians following any student
            suspension from school resulting from a violation of this policy.



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   8.     Principals may involve police as deterrent measures to discourage students
          being under the influence, possession of or trafficking alcohol and drugs at
          school.

PROCEDURES:

   1.     Principals shall suspend a student found at school or at a school sanctioned
          activity who has consumed, is under the influence of, in possession of,
          trafficking in or distributing alcohol or drugs.

   2.     Principals shall use the following consequences as minimums when making
          determinations regarding suspensions and recommendations for expulsion:

          a)     Students apparently under the influence:
                 1st occurrence: 2-day suspension and referral for counselling;
                 2nd occurrence: 2 or 3-day suspension;
                 3rd and subsequent occurrence:           suspension with expulsion
                 recommendation

          b)     Students found in possession of small quantities (personal use):
                 1st occurrence: 2 or 3-day suspension and referral for counselling;
                 2nd occurrence: 3 or 4-day suspension;
                 3rd and subsequent occurrence:          suspension with expulsion
                 recommendation

          c)     Students found under the influence and in possession of small
                 quantities (personal use):
                 1st occurrence: 3 or 4-day suspension and referral for counselling;
                 2nd occurrence: 4 or 5-day suspension;
                 3rd and subsequent occurrence:          suspension with expulsion
                 recommendation

          d)     Students found in possession of large quantities (shared use or for
                 trafficking):
                 1st occurrence: 4 or 5-day suspension and referral to Police;
                 2nd and subsequent occurrence:          suspension with expulsion
                 recommendation; referral to Police

          e)     Students found trafficking:
                 All occurrences: suspension with expulsion recommendation; referral
                 to Police.

   3.     The time frame for occurrences under procedure 2 is cumulative for three
          school years from the start of the student’s registration with the School
          Division.



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   4.     Suspensions and expulsions shall be dealt with in accordance with the
          provisions of the Student Discipline Policy (5.22).

Adopted/Revised: Apr/03




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