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Controlled Substance

A controlled substance is defined as any substance capable of producing a change in behavior or altering a state of mind or feeling. Controlled substances include but are not limited to alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, amphetamine, barbiturate, hallucinogens, prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, synthetic drugs or intoxicants of any kind. This does not include tobacco or tobacco products. Possession and/or use of a controlled substance, including alcohol, presents a health concern for students and is a potential disruption to the educational process.

Asterisk (*) Indicates Additional Required action for any Consequence to ensure Student Due Process

Required actions for ALL infractions Listed Below:

  • Staff/Student Contact in Student Information System
  • Administrative/Parent Contact/Conference
  • Copy of the Referral provided to Parent/Guardian

A higher-level Controlled Substance must be substantiated with a police report*: i.e. Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Fentanyl, Oxy, Hydrocodone/Vicodin, Methamphetamine, Heroine, PCP, and Percocet

  • Parent Involvement Program (PIP) Referral Form*
  • Signs of Under the Influence/Nurse Report*
  • Suspension of Extracurricular*
  • If the student has completed or is actively participating in or is waiting for PIP, continue short-term suspension, with the exception of 21d. Controlled Substance, Sale or Distribution.

Parent Involvement Program (PIP) is a program to support students and families. As an alternative to suspension, when a student has a controlled substance infraction, the administrator will offer optional participation in PIP, a psycho-educational intervention provided by an APS Crossroads Counselor (school counselors with specialized training in the area of substance use/misuse). PIP creates a non-judgmental and supportive environment where the student and their parent/guardian are connected to information that will increase their knowledge and understanding of why people use substances, the impact of use on developing brains and life, refusal skills and alternatives to use. The Crossroads Counselor will share community resources and make outside referrals when appropriate along with being an ongoing resource and support themselves for the student and their family. The goal of PIP and Crossroads involvement is to equip the student to make better choices and decrease the likelihood of re-offense.

“Possession” as used herein, includes not only possession on one’s physical person, but also custody and control on APS property or at an APS event. Thus, a student may be found in possession of any item if the item is in the student’s backpack, locker, car, or elsewhere, if subject to the student’s custody and control.

21a. Controlled Substance, Use or Under the Influence

Alcohol/Illegal Drugs/Inhalants: No student shall be under any degree of influence of alcoholic beverages (including related products such as "near" beer, non-alcoholic beer, and non-alcoholic wine coolers), inhalants, and/or illegal drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, marijuana oils, synthetic Cannabinoids. Legal intoxication is not required for violation of this Code of Conduct.

Consequences/Disposition

Elementary (Pre-K to 3rd)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • Do not exceed maximum consequences for 4th-5th Grade.
  • General practice for PK-3 is a suspension of no more than 3 days for a single incident and no referral to hearing.
  • Additional consequences allowed with Associate approval

Elementary (4th-5th)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • 1st Violation - Up to 1 day Suspension
  • 2nd Violation - Up to 3 day Suspension
  • 3rd Violation - Up to 5 days Suspension & Contract
  • 4th Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

Middle/High

  • Suspension will be shortened by 2 days with the referral to PIP, signed by the parent with agreement to attend.

  • 1st Violation - Up to 3 or 1 day Suspension with PIP referral*

  • 2nd Violation - Up to 5/3 days Suspension, Contract & PIP referral if did not attend on first violation

  • 3rd Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

  • Lesser Consequences/Disposition will be considered for Violation 3 if the student/family are registered for PIP.*

21b. Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia Possession

Possessing any paraphernalia, such as but not limited to rolling paper, pipes, bongs or vape pens.

Consequences/Disposition

Elementary (Pre-K to 3rd)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • Do not exceed maximum consequences for 4th-5th Grade.
  • General practice for PK-3 is a suspension of no more than 3 days for a single incident and no referral to hearing.
  • Additional consequences allowed with Associate approval

Elementary (4th-5th)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • 1st Violation - Up to 1 day Suspension
  • 2nd Violation - Up to 3 day Suspension
  • 3rd Violation - Up to 5 days Suspension & Contract
  • 4th Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

Middle/High

  • Suspension will be shortened by 2 days with the referral to PIP, signed by the parent with agreement to attend.

  • 1st Violation - Up to 3 or 1 day Suspension with PIP referral*

  • 2nd Violation - Up to 5/3 days Suspension, Contract & PIP referral if did not attend on first violation

  • 3rd Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

  • Lesser Consequences/Disposition will be considered for Violation 3 if the student/family are registered for PIP.*

21c. Controlled Substance, Possession

Possessing any substance capable of producing a change in behavior or altering a state of mind or feeling.

Consequences/Disposition

Elementary (Pre-K to 3rd)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • General practice is PK-3 is not suspended more than 3 days for a single incident and is not brought to hearing.
  • Additional consequences allowed with Associate approval

Elementary (4th-5th)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • 1st Violation - Up to 1 days Suspension
  • 2nd Violation - Up to 3 day Suspension
  • 3rd Violation - Up to 5 days Suspension & Contract
  • 4th Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

Middle/High

  • Suspension will be shortened by 2 days with the referral to PIP, signed by the parent with agreement to attend.

  • 1st Violation - Up to 3 or 1 day Suspension with PIP referral*

  • 2nd Violation - Up to 5/3 days Suspension, Contract & PIP referral if did not attend on first violation

  • 3rd Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

  • Lesser Consequences/Disposition will be considered for Violation 3 if the student/family are registered for PIP.*

  • 1st Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

21d. Controlled Substance, Sale or Distribution

Selling or distributing a substance capable of producing a change of behavior or altering a state of mind or feeling or an item sold as a controlled substance. Distribution is not “sharing”. Distribution requires a quantity of product that has been broken into sale portion(s) and quantities of money, cash applications/digital pay, or any other means indicating possible purchase. Distribution and sale require evidence to include photos and a police report to support the charge.

  • Suspension of Extracurricular*
  • This infraction requires a police report with the charge of Distribution of a Controlled Substance.*

Consequences/Disposition

Elementary (Pre-K to 3rd)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • Do not exceed maximum consequences for 4th-5th Grade.
  • General practice for PK-3 is a suspension of no more than 3 days for a single incident and no referral to hearing.
  • Additional consequences allowed with Associate approval

Elementary (4th-5th)

  • Utilize intervention strategies
  • 1st Violation - Up to Long-term Suspension Hearing

Middle/High

  • 1st Violation Long-term Suspension Hearing

  • 2nd Violation Same School Year - Up to Expulsion Hearing

  • 1st Violation - Up to Expulsion Hearing*

Updated as of July 12, 2023