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District Wide Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy

Extracurricular activities are an integral part of the educational process, providing students with opportunities to further develop their unique capabilities, interests and needs beyond the classroom. Participation in extra-curricular activities is a PRIVILEGE offered to and earned by students. Because participants are representatives of their school and community, their conduct is expected to exemplify high standards at all times. The Extra-Curricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy is in effect twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at all times/locations from the first day of fall sports practices to the end of the school year.

The definition of alcohol and controlled/illegal substance possession is extended to include circumstances where substances covered under the policy are nearby and available (i.e. parties, gatherings, etc.).

Criteria for application of sanctions would include, but not be limited to:

  • Any Minor in Possession (MIP) or Offense by a Minor Citation
  • Written documentation from legitimate law enforcement/school/security reports
  • Personal acknowledgment by the student in question and/or their parent/guardian

The following bullets apply to a Suspension of Extra-Curricular Privileges:

  • The suspension applies to all NMAA sanctioned athletic and non-athletic activities.
  • Students will not be withdrawn from classes co-curricular with activities.
  • A student serving a suspension cannot participate in a “try-out” during that suspension.
  • Suspensions can carry over from one school year to the next for underclassmen.
  • Participation in summer programs for students on suspension will be interpreted in the same way as scholastic eligibility for athletics in the summer (i.e., students may participate in on-campus/ intramural activities only).

Use and/or possession of controlled/illegal substances

  • First Offense – Student’s loss of all NMAA sanctioned extra-curricular privileges and eligibility for 45 school days for controlled/illegal substances from the date determined by a site administrator. The loss of privileges includes practice and competition. Summer school is not considered as school days for this policy. Students will be required to complete the Parent/ Family Engagement Program or other appropriate intervention programs approved by the site administrator.
  • Second Offense – Student is ineligible to participate in NMAA sanctioned extra-curricular activities for the remainder of the academic year or longer under special circumstances.

Use, possession, and/or possession of tobacco products, e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers

The term “tobacco product” means any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product. This includes, among other products, cigars, cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers.

  • First Offense – Student’s loss of all NMAA sanctioned extra-curricular privileges and eligibility for 10 school days for tobacco products, from the date determined by a site administrator. The loss of privileges includes practice and competition. Summer school is not considered as school days for this policy. Students will be required to complete the Tobacco Intervention Program or other appropriate intervention programs approved by the site administrator.
  • Second Offense – Student is ineligible to participate in NMAA sanctioned extra-curricular activities for 45 school days.

If a student is in violation of this policy at a time in which the handbook is in force (see page 2), other disciplinary consequences may apply. This may include suspension of extra-curricular activities, including but not limited to attendance/participation in school activities such as athletic events, open campus, dances, clubs, and other privileged events (including commencement exercises), as determined by a site administrator.

Senior students who receive consequences under this policy during the last quarter of the school year may be assigned community service, to be served prior to participation in privileged events such as commencement exercises. The site administrator will assign community service.

Sale or distribution of controlled/illegal substance

  • Student is ineligible to participate in NMAA sanctioned extra-curricular activities for the remainder of the academic year or longer under special circumstances.

Participation in extra-curricular activities is not a student right, and suspension of such privilege does not require a due process hearing. A grievance procedure is available under the provisions of this handbook in the section called “What To Do If You Believe That Your Rights Have Been Violated”.

The Extra-Curricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy is in effect twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at all times/locations from the first day of fall sports practices to the end of the school year. Additional sanctions may apply above and beyond the minimum mandatory consequences of this policy for violations that occur when this handbook is in force (i.e. on school property, during school time, or at school events.)