The Board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco, and/ or "look alike" substances that appear to be tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances by students while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated transportation; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.  Look alike substances also include prescription drugs (except for diabetes and asthma), non-prescription medications or vitamins.


The term “under the influence” for school purposes has a less strict meaning than it does under criminal law.  For school purposes, the term means any level of impairment and includes even the odor of alcohol or drugs on the breath or person of a student.  Also, it includes being impaired by reason of the abuse of any material used as a stimulant.  In addition, “possession” of alcohol or drugs will be considered to have occurred for purposes of school rules if the student is in such close proximity to alcohol or drugs (for example, a student being in a car where alcohol is present and no adults are present in the car) or to others who are consuming alcohol or drugs (for example, being at student party at which other students are drinking) that school officials may reasonably determine that the student was in “possession” of the items as well).


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, will 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 will 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 building administration at the parent’s expense.  If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.


The Board believes the substance abuse prevention program shall 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 school 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 shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.




The administration may impose lesser or greater consequences dependent on the circumstances in accordance with administrative regulations.  The following are the consequences that will ordinarily result.


Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol:


1st Offense:  19 days of out-of-school suspension, this could be reduced to 3 days of out-of-school suspension and 3 days of in-school suspension upon the successful completion of a substance abuse evaluation at the parent’s expense.


2nd Offense:  Expulsion and mandatory reassignment at Boys &
Girls Home or the Columbus Public Schools Alternative School or an educational placement deemed appropriate by the administration.




 1st Offense:  19 days of out-of-school suspension.  This may be reduced to 5- days of out-of-school suspension and 5 days of in-school suspension upon the successful completion of a substance abuse evaluation.


2nd Offense: Expulsion and mandatory reassignment at Boys &
Girls Home or the Columbus Public Schools Alternative School or an educational placement deemed appropriate by the administration.


Tobacco Use/Possession/Distribution:


Consequences as spelled out in building student handbooks.


Activity Policy: 


Beginning in 9th grade, ALL violations carry over from year to year and are enforced 9-12.  Activity consequences for alcohol, drug, and tobacco violations are determined in accordance with the activity discipline policy and regulations established by the administrationThe consequences include activity suspensions.




Legal Reference:                       34 C.F.R. Pt. 86 (1996).


Cross Reference:                      504      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                                505      Student Discipline

                                                508      Student Health and Well-Being














Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:   8/14/06                                                       Columbus, Nebraska

Revised:    2/11/08