Drug & Alcohol Policy
DRUG & ALCOHOL-FREE SCHOOL AND WORKPLACE
It is the policy of the Intermediate Unit to provide a learning environment that is safe and provides appropriate motivation to ensure a creative and productive student body. To this end, DCIU unequivocally endorses the philosophy that the schools should be free from the detrimental effects of illicit drugs and alcohol.
“Illicit drugs” are defined as but are not limited to: any substance that is declared by an applicable law to be a controlled substance that is not used or possessed pursuant to lawful prescription. “School premises” are defined as any property owned, leased or under control of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. “School activities” means any student activity carried out in whole or in part under the auspices of the Intermediate Unit. “Under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs” means a person has used alcohol or illicit drugs and that the presence of the alcohol or illicit drug can be detected in the individual’s body through the performance of an available test, or through the appearance, demeanor, behavior or odor of the person.
Students are prohibited to engage in the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or illicit drugs on school property or premises or as part of any school activity.
While Pennsylvania has approved the use of medical marijuana, the Federal government has not. Therefore, the DCIU is required to prohibit such substances from all school property. Where such use is necessary, parents/guardians may seek permission from the administration to remove the student from school premises to administer the medication. School nurses are not permitted to administer medical marijuana to students.
A staff member who observes symptoms of physical or emotional abnormality, which may or may not be drug related, shall refer the student to the school nurse/designee. Symptoms associated with drug use include extreme drowsiness, excessive elation, severe mood swings, extensive change in customary behavior, unusual silliness and/or complete withdrawal from all activity. If the symptoms are combined with belligerence, violence or physical abuse, the referral should be made directly to the school administrator. The school administrator in consultation with the school nurse will determine appropriate action. The parents shall be notified of action taken and asked to come to the school or, if required, the hospital. The possibility of drug involvement will be explained to the parents and they will be urged to seek medical attention through their family doctor.
The privileged confidentiality between students and counselors, school nurses, school psychologist, home and school visitors and other school employees shall be respected. No confidential communication made to any such employees shall be required to be revealed without the consent of the student or his/her parent, unless the best interest of the student can be served by such release.
Any student found in possession of drugs or suspected of selling, transporting or distributing drugs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity, shall be reported to the school administrator. If appropriate, law enforcement will be contacted, and charges made. All alleged evidence will be given to the school administrator. The student is entitled to a formal hearing.
The school at all times shall cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and school administrators. The Intermediate Unit Executive Director shall be notified of all drug violations. Board notification will be by the discretion of the Executive Director. The basic welfare and health of the entire student body should be the primary concern in any drug related incidents.
TOBACCO/NICOTINE and VAPING PRODUCTS-FREE SCHOOL AND WORKPLACE
In accordance with Act 145 of 1996 and with a concern for the overall health and welfare of students and staff, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors prohibits the use of tobacco products by students or staff in school buildings, on school buses, on school sponsored trips and on school property owned by leased by, or under the control of the Intermediate Unit.
“Tobacco products” is defined by Board Policy to include: a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar and pipe; other lighted smoking product; and smokeless tobacco in any form. This also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaporizers.
The Intermediate Unit may initiate prosecution of a student who violates the tobacco use policy per Act 168 of 1988 and Act 145 of 1996. A student convicted of possessing or using tobacco in a school building or on a school bus or school property owned or leased by or under the control of the Intermediate Unit may be fined up to the maximum allowable amount plus court costs.