The Board in order to establish and maintain a drug free educational environment has adopted the following policy in order to control possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances and mind-altering chemicals as defined by Wisconsin Statutes and local law on school property during school hours and school-sponsored activities. This is based on sound educational practices and on the premise that the school environment should be a caring, strong anti drug community with compassion and helping students with dependency problems through education and counseling.
Students have the right to attend school in a drug and alcohol-free environment. The following actions are expressly prohibited by students on school property, on school buses, and at school sponsored activities:
1. Engaging in the selling, using, possessing, dispensing or manufacture of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, drugs, controlled substances, inhalants, vaping, e-cigarettes or being under the influence of any of the above; or possession of drug paraphernalia. Use of a controlled substance in the manner prescribed for the student by the student's physician is not a violation. The term "under the influence" has a less strict meaning than it does under criminal law. For school purposes, the term means any level of impairment and includes even the odor of alcohol or illegal substances on the breath or person of a student; also, it includes being impaired by reason of the abuse of any material used as a stimulant. The intent to sell or deliver may be shown by evidence of the quantity and monetary value of so called look-a-like drugs.
2. Engaging in the selling, using, possessing, dispensing or manufacture of imitation or other substances resembling controlled substances or material represented to be alcohol, narcotics, drugs, controlled substances, inhalant, vaping, or e-cigarettes; or possession of drug or e-cigarette paraphernalia.
3. Engaging in the use, possession, sale, delivery, dispensing or distribution of prescription drugs. Medication and prescribed drugs shall be taken by students and administered by authorized school employees with established District procedures and state law requirements.
Use of a drug authorized in accordance with medical prescriptions from a registered physician for use during school hours shall not be considered a violation of this policy. The prescribed medication may only be used by the person whose name is on the label of the medication.
Students who violate this policy may be referred to law enforcement officials and shall be subject to disciplinary action. School officials and teachers are not liable for referring students to law enforcement or for removing a student from school grounds or activities because of suspected alcohol or controlled substance possession, distribution, delivery, or consumption.
Legal Ref.: Wisconsin Statutes
Section 118.257 (Liability for referral to police)
Chapter 961 (State Controlled Substances Law)
First Reading: October 1, 2013
Second Reading: October 15, 2013
Approved: October 15, 2013
For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Dean Troyer, Member