JICH-R Substance Abuse Policy Administrative Procedures

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

These procedures are to be followed for disciplinary action to be taken when a student violates the South Portland School Department Substance Abuse Policy. These are guidelines only, and administration reserves discretion to impose consequences up to and including a recommendation of expulsion for any violation of the Substance Abuse Policy. In determining the level of discipline, the administration may consider any relevant facts and circumstances, including but not limited to the student behavior accompanying the violation, the student’s willingness to cooperate with the investigation, and the student’s prior disciplinary record, age and grade. Infractions are cumulative over the duration of a student’s career in the South Portland School System.
TOBACCO
The use or possession of tobacco products by any student enrolled in the South Portland Schools whether on school property, in any school vehicle, or at any school sponsored activity is prohibited. Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, any other form of tobacco, and any device used in smoking, or any form of tobacco consumption, including but not limited to cigarette papers and pipes.

First Infraction
1. Parent/Guardian is notified and student leaves the school with parent/guardian.
2. Tobacco product is confiscated. If the student is under 18 years of age, the South Portland Police Department will be notified.
3. An appointment will be made for the following day with a school counselor for a tobacco education appointment. Both the student and parent/guardian will attend. This will be followed by an assessment with the student and a school counselor.
4. A three day suspension will be assigned, reduced to two days, upon completion of the tobacco education program with a school counselor. The suspension begins on the school day immediately following the day of the infraction.

Second Infraction
1. Parent/guardian is notified and student leaves the school with parent/guardian.
2. Tobacco product is confiscated. If the student is under 18 years of age, the South Portland Police Department will be notified.
3. An appointment will be made for the following day with a school counselor for a second tobacco education appointment. Both the student and parent/guardian will attend.
4. A five day suspension will be assigned, reduced to four days, upon completion of a tobacco education program arranged through a school counselor. The suspension begins on the school day immediately following the day of the infraction.

Third Infraction
1. Parent/guardian is notified and student leaves the school with parent/guardian.
2. Tobacco product is confiscated. If the student is under 18 years of age, the South Portland Police Department will be notified.
3. An appointment will be made for the following day with a school counselor for further tobacco education. Both the student and parent/guardian will attend. Additional tobacco education will be recommended by a school counselor. A ten day suspension will be assigned. The suspension begins the day following the day of the infraction.

Subsequent Infractions
A ten day suspension will be assigned. At the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools, an expulsion hearing with the Board of Education will be initiated.

Smoking cessation programs and smoking awareness sessions will be available periodically throughout the school year. Any South Portland student may attend. Students who are out of school on suspension will be allowed to attend a smoking cessation program during their suspension time.

USE/POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL/DRUGS/DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
First Infraction
1. Police will be notified immediately. All drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated and turned over to the police.
2. Parent/guardian will be notified and the student will leave school with the parent/guardian, unless the Police Department requires a different procedure.
3. An appointment will be made for the following day with a school counselor for an assessment appointment. While the assessment will be offered to the student privately, the parents must attend the appointment to review the Substance Abuse Policy. Literature of information regarding support for students and families will be available for their use.
4. A seven day suspension will be assigned, reduced to 6 days, upon completion of the assessment appointment with a school counselor. The suspension begins on the school day immediately following the day of the infraction.

Second Infraction
1. Police will be notified immediately. All drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated and turned over to the police.
2. Parent/guardian will be notified and the student will leave school with the parent/ guardian, unless the Police Department requires a different procedure.

3. An appointment will be made for the following day with a school counselor for an assessment appointment. While the assessment will be offered to the student privately, the parents must attend the appointment to review the Substance Abuse Policy. Literature or information regarding support for students and families will be available for their use.
4. A ten-day suspension will be assigned, reduced to 9 days, upon completion of the assessment appointment with a school counselor. The suspension begins on the school day immediately following the day of the infraction.

Third Infraction
1. Police will be notified immediately. All drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated and turned over to the police.
2. Parent/guardian will be notified and the student will leave school with the parent/guardian, unless the Police Department requires a different procedure.
3. An appointment will be made for the following day with a school counselor for an assessment appointment. While the assessment will be offered to the student privately, the parents must attend the appointment to review the substance Abuse Policy. Literature of information regarding support for students and families will be available for their use.
4. A ten day suspension will be assigned. At the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools, an expulsion hearing with the Board of Education will be initiated. The suspension begins on the school day immediately following the day of the infraction.

SELLING OR FURNISHING OF ANY SCHEDULED DRUG AS CLASSIFIED BY MAINE CRIMINAL STATUTED- TITLE 17 A OR ALCOHOL TO OTHERS

1. The Police Department will be notified immediately.
2. All drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated and turned over to the police.
3. Parent/guardian will be notified and the student will leave school with the parent/guardian, unless the Police Department requires a different procedure.
4. The student will be suspended immediately for 10 days pending expulsion proceedings by the Superintendent of Schools.