Board Policy JFCH
Belton School District is concerned with the health, welfare, and safety of the students. Therefore, the use, sale, transfer, distribution, possession or being under the influence of unauthorized prescription drugs, alcohol, narcotic substances, unauthorized inhalants, controlled substances, illegal drugs, counterfeit substances, and imitation controlled substances is prohibited on any school property, in any school-owned vehicle, or in any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities. This prohibition also applies to any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event, or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district. The use, sale, transfer, or possession of drug-related paraphernalia is also prohibited. The school administration or teachers shall have the right to conduct searches, which are reasonable in scope, of persons reasonably suspected to be in violation of this policy. Such searches shall be conducted in accordance with Board Policy JFG
Any student who, after given an opportunity to present his or her version of the incident, is found by the administration and/or staff to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion or other discipline as provided in the district’s discipline policy, and referral for prosecution. Strict compliance is mandatory. The principal shall immediately report all incidents involving a controlled substance to the appropriate local law enforcement agency and the superintendent. All controlled substances shall be turned over to the local law enforcement agency.
Students with disabilities who violate this policy will be disciplined in accordance with Board Policy JGE
Belton School District is not legally obligated to administer medication to students unless specifically included in a Section 504 Accommodation Plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). However, the Board recognizes that some students may require medication for chronic or short-term illness to enable them to remain in school and participate in the district’s educational services. Further, the district prohibits students from possessing or self-administering medications while on district grounds, on district transportation or during district activities unless explicitly authorized in accordance with this policy. Therefore, the superintendent, in collaboration with the district nursing staff, will establish administrative procedures for storing and administering medications in compliance with this policy and pursuant to state and federal law. Medications will only be administered at school when it is not possible or not effective for the student to receive the medication at home.
The Board of Education believes effective drug education programs require both the acquisition of knowledge and the development of positive personal values. Both the school and other community agencies must share in the development and direction of programs to alleviate the problems of drug abuse. Therefore, the school district will abide by the following:
- Establish and maintain a realistic, meaningful drug, alcohol, and tobacco education program and incorporate it into the total educational program.
- Establish and maintain an ongoing professional development program for school personnel in the areas of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.
- Cooperate with government and private agencies offering services related to drug, alcohol, and tobacco problems.
- Encourage and support activities developing a positive peer influence in the area of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Create a climate whereby students may seek and receive counseling about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and related problems without fear of reprisal.
- Follow federal mandates concerning drug, alcohol, and tobacco education.
More details can be found in the District Policy, sections I