502.20 Tobacco Products, Alcohol, Drugs

The Board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine products, e-cigarettes, or components (battery, atomizer, cartomizer, and/or clearomizer) over the counter or prescription drugs when used for improper purposes, other controlled substances, or “look alike” substances that appear to be tobacco, beer, wine, alcohol or controlled substances by students while on District property or on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on District owned and/or operated District or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in District activities; and while away from District grounds if the misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the District.

The Board believes such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials generally cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors.

Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. Use, purchase or being in possession of cigarettes, tobacco or tobacco products for those under the age of eighteen, may be reported to the local law enforcement authorities. Possession, use or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol and/or of a controlled substance may also be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.

Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the Board. If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.

The Board requires the substance abuse prevention program include:

  • Age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through twelve, which address the legal, social, and health consequences of tobacco, drug and alcohol use and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use tobacco, drugs or alcohol;
  • A statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful;
  • Standards of conduct for students that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, being under the influence of or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on District premises or as part of any of its activities;
  • A clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the policy and a description of those sanctions;
  • A statement that students may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program;
  • Information about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students;
  • A requirement that parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required; and
  • Notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:
34 C.F.R. Pt. 86 (2004).
Iowa Code ยงยง 123.46; 124; 279.8, .9; 453A (2007).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(9); .5(3)(e), .5(4)(e), .5(5)(e), .5(21).

Cross Reference:
502.00 Student Rights and Responsibilities
503.00 Student Discipline
507.00 Student Health and Well-Being
504.32 Administration of Medication to Students

February 21, 1983

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November 20, 2019

September 17, 1990
July 20, 2009
February 18, 2013
March 24, 2014