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 in Section D); provide for early intervention when use is detected or a student seeks help; and provides 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: Personal Integrity, Empathy, Responsibility and Respect for Self and Others.

Student compliance with this policy is mandatory. Any school staff member who has reason to suspect that a student has violated this policy is expected 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 forums.

  1. Prevention:
    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.
  2. Intervention
    The School Department provides 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.
  3. Prohibited Conduct
    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:
  1. Prohibited Substances
    The term “Prohibited Substance” shall include, but not be limited to:
    1. Alcohol (ethyl alcohol EtOH);
    2. Scheduled drugs (as defined in 17-A MRSA § 1101);
    3. Controlled substances (as defined in the federal Controlled Substance Act, 21 USC § 812);
  2. Tobacco products of any kind;
  3. Electronic vaporizer devices, including but not limited to e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vape pens, or similar devices;
  4. 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);
  5. Any substance possessed or used for ingestion to produce an intoxicating effect (including but not limited to aerosols, paints, solvents and glue);
  6. Steroids or any substance on the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ list of banned performance-enhancing substances;
  7. Paraphernalia – implements used for distribution or consumption of a prohibited substance; or
  8. Any look-alike drug or substance that is described as or is purported to be a prohibited substance defined in this section.


  1. 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

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Revision #5
Created 27 October 2021 00:24:06 by Troy Patterson
Updated 4 January 2023 20:26:13 by Jennifer Lakari