Updated: Apr 6, 2020
NEPN/NSBA Code: JICH
STUDENT USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, TOBACCO AND OTHER PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES
In order to promote the highest possible standards of learning, as well as the physical, social and emotional well-being of students, this policy is designed to aid students in abstaining from the unlawful use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco and other Prohibited Substances (as defined below); provide for early intervention when use is detected or a student seeks help; and provide consequences for policy violations.
This policy is also intended to support and encourage students to meet the standards for ethical and responsible behavior identified in the Student Code of Conduct.
Student compliance with this policy is mandatory. Any school staff member who has reason to suspect that a student has violated this policy is required to report the incident to an appropriate administrator as soon as possible.
This policy shall be disseminated through student-parent handbooks and reviewed with students in assemblies or other appropriate forums.
The School Department will provide students with information and activities focused on abstaining from the use of Prohibited Substances. Such information and activities will address the legal, social and health consequences of use of Prohibited Substances and will provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use Prohibited Substances. The School Department will work in partnership with students, parents, social service organizations and local law enforcement to reduce risks for students where possible.
MSAD #60 schools provide assistance through appropriate school staff, such as social workers, substance abuse counselors and guidance counselors, to intervene and counsel students who are involved with Prohibited Substances and to assist students in continuing their education. Information will be provided, as appropriate, about outside programs and resources that are available to assist students.
Students are prohibited from consuming, possessing, furnishing, selling, receiving, buying, manufacturing or being under the influence of prohibited substances before, during and after school hours:
At school, in any school building or on any school premises;
In any school-owned vehicle or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities;
Off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function (such as a field trip or athletic event) where students are under the jurisdiction of the school unit; and
At any time or place if the student’s conduct directly and substantially interferes with the operation, discipline or welfare of the schools.
STUDENTS ARE ALSO PROHIBITED, AT SCHOOL OR DURING SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, FROM OFFERING OR ACCEPTING TO FURNISH, SELL, RECEIVE OR BUY PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES OFF SCHOOL PREMISES.
Students who participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities are subject to additional rules and sanctions (see Board Policy JJJ).
The term “Prohibited Substance” shall include, but not be limited to:
Alcohol (ethyl alcohol, “EtOH”);
Scheduled drugs (as defined in 17-A MRSA § 1101);
Controlled Substances (as defined in the federal Controlled Substance Act, 21 USC § 812);
Tobacco products of any kind;
Electronic vaporizer devices, including but not limited to e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vape pens, or similar devices;
Prescription drugs not prescribed for the student and/or not in compliance with the Board’s policy on administering medications to students (see Board Policy JLCD);
Any substance possessed or used for ingestion to produce an intoxicating effect (including but not limited to aerosols, paints, solvents and glue);
Steroids or any substance listed on the Maine State Chapter 223: Health, Nutrition, and Safety §6621.
Paraphernalia – implements used for distribution or consumption of a Prohibited Substance; or
Any look-alike drug or substance that is described as or is purported to be a Prohibited Substance defined in this section.
Consequences for Policy Violations
The consequences for violations of this policy and other information concerning implementation of this policy are contained in the accompanying administrative procedure, JICH-R.
Legal Reference: 21 USC § 812 (Controlled Substances Act); 21 CFR Part 1300.11-15
21 CFR Part 1300.11-15
Title IV- 21st Century Schools (20 USC § 7101 et seq.) (Safe and
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act)
17-A MRSA § 1101
42 USC § 290dd-2; 42 CFR 2.1 et seq.
42 CFR § 2.1 et seq.
20 USC § 6081 (Pro-Children Act of 2001)
20-A MRSA §§ 1001(9); 4008; 6621 et seq.
22 MRSA § 1578-B
Me PL 470 (An Act to Reduce Tobacco Use by Minors)
Cross Reference: GBEC – Drug-Free Workplace
IJNDB/IJNDB-R – Student Computer and Internet Use
JICH-R – Administrative Procedure for Student Use of Alcohol, Drugs,
Tobacco, and Other Prohibited Substances
JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety
JKD – Suspension of Students
JKE – Expulsion of Students
JJJ – Extracurricular Substance Abuse
JLCD – Administering Medication to Students
JRA – Student Records
Adopted: January 4, 1996
Revised: May 24, 2001
Revised: December 1, 2005
Revised: November 16, 2006
Revised: November 10, 2016