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5530 Policy_Drug Prevention

The Board of Education recognizes that the misuse of drugs is a serious problem with legal, physical,

and social implications for the entire school community.

For purposes of this policy, "drugs" shall mean:

A. All dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Wisconsin statute;

B. All chemicals which release toxic vapors;

C. All alcoholic beverages;

D. Any prescription or patent drug, except those for which permission to use in school has been

granted pursuant to Board policy;

E. "Look-alikes";

F. Anabolic steroids;

G. Any other illegal substance so designated and prohibited by law.

The Board prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of any drug and any drug-
paraphernalia at any time on District property or at any District-related event.

The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines for the identification, amelioration, and regulation of drug

use in the schools. Such guidelines shall:

A. Emphasize the prevention of drug use;

B. Provide for a comprehensive, age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol

education and prevention program which:

1. Addresses the legal, social, psychological, and health consequences of drug and alcohol

2. Provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit


drugs and alcohol;

3. Assists students to develop skills to make responsible decisions about substance abuse

4. Promotes positive emotional health, self-esteem, and respect for one's body;

5. Meets the minimal objectives as stated in the essential performance objectives for health

education as established by the State's Department of Education;

and other important health issues;

6. Include a statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use

of alcohol is wrong and harmful;

7. Provide standards of conduct that are applicable to all students which clearly prohibit, at a

minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on

school premises or as a part of any school activity;

8. Include a clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral

for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the school standards of conduct and a

description of those sanctions;

The sanctions may include, together with punitive action, voluntary referral to appropriate

persons or agencies for screening and assessment. Such referral may only be made to qualified

and properly licensed individuals or programs.

9. Provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry

programs available to students and provide procedures to direct students and their parents to

the appropriate programs;

10. Require that all parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the

unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students;

11. Require the notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is


12. Provide a biennial review of the school district's program to determine its effectiveness and

implement changes as needed and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently


13. Establish means for dealing with students suspected of drug use or suspected of possessing or

distributing drugs in school and ensure that the District's Policy 5610 and Policy 5771 and

AG 5610 and AG 5771 on Search and Seizure and Suspension and Expulsion are complied with


Professional staff members are not liable for referring a student to law enforcement or for removing

a student from school premises or from participation in a school-related activity for suspicion of

possession, distribution, or consumption of any alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance.

The Superintendent shall establish administrative procedures necessary to implement this policy.

118.24(2)(f), 118.257, 125.09(2), Wis. Stats.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 as amended

20 U.S.C. 3171 et seq., 3224A
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Revised:  August 25, 2014
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 26, 2014, 1:52 PM