Prohibited Substances and Materials
Drugs and alcohol
Drug abuse includes being under the influence of a drug or in the possession, use, transfer or sale of illegal drugs, narcotics, or drug paraphernalia or “look-alike” drugs in school, on school grounds, or at any school functions. Alcohol is included as a drug as defined by this policy.
The intention of this policy is to protect the rights and well-being of all students and school personnel, to assist any student who may seek or need help with a drug-related problem, and to ensure the orderly conduct of school business.
PACE Career Academy prohibits students from being under the influence of a drug or from the possession, use, transfer or sale of illegal drugs, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or “look alike” drugs.
Students are prohibited from being present where any drug is possessed, used, sold, or distributed. Students present under these circumstances are viewed as violating school policy.
Any medication prescribed by a medical doctor that a student is required to take in school or brings to school must be given to the Director or Student Services Director, and kept under lock. The same is true for over-the-counter medications.
Students suspected of any type of drug or alcohol involvement must meet with the Student Services Director for an appropriate referral to outside counseling.
In any incident involving prohibited substances, students will be afforded due process.
If a staff member or student has reason to believe that a PACE Career Academy student is violating the school’s Substance Abuse Policy, an administrator should be notified of the situation immediately. Staff members who suspect use will notify the Student Services Director or his designee.
If illegal drugs are found, the student will be suspended for ten school days, the parent or guardian will be notified, and the Director will recommend any further action to the Board. This suspension may be reduced from 10 to 8 days if the student agrees to meet with the counselor to PACE Career in an assessment and a follow-up meeting to discuss recommendations. The assessment must take place outside of the school building or after school hours, and must occur before the student’s suspension is concluded.
If a student becomes aware that a person other than a member of the PACE Career Academy student body is violating the tenets of the school’s drug policy, they should immediately notify an administrator who will notify the police. School authorities shall cooperate fully in the apprehension of such persons.