Drug Free Zone Notifications


For purposes of this policy, "drugs" shall mean:

  A. all dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute;


  B. all chemicals which release toxic vapors;


  C. all alcoholic beverages;


  D. any prescription or patent drug, except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy;


  E. "look-alikes";


  F. performance-enhancing drugs as determined annually by the Department of Community Health;


  G. any other illegal substance so designated and prohibited by law.


In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board hereby establishes a "Drug-Free School Zone" that extends 1000 feet from the boundary of any school property. The Board prohibits the use, possession, sale, concealment, delivery, or distribution of any drug or any drug-related paraphernalia at any time on District property, within the Drug-Free School Zone, or at any District-related event.

Furthermore, the Superintendent shall take the necessary steps so that an individual eighteen (18) years of age or older who knowingly sells, delivers or distributes controlled substances so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute within the Drug-Free School Zone to another person is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines for the identification, amelioration, and regulation of drug use in the schools. Such guidelines shall:

  A. emphasize the prevention of drug use;


  B. provide for a comprehensive, age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention program which:


    1. addresses the legal, social, psychological, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use;


    2. provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs, performance-enhancing drugs, and alcohol;


    3. assists students to develop skills to make responsible decisions about substance abuse and other important health issues;


    4. promotes positive emotional health, self-esteem, and respect for one's body;


  C. include a statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession, sale, and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful;


  D. provide standards of conduct that are applicable to all students which clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, sale, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity;


  E. include a clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the school standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions;


  F. provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry programs available to students and provide procedures to direct students and their parents to the appropriate programs;


  G. require that all parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the unlawful possession, sale, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students;


  H. require the notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory;


  I. provide a biennial review of the school district's program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced;


  J. establish means for dealing with students suspected of drug use or suspected of possessing, selling, or distributing drugs in school and ensure that the District's policy and administrative guidelines on Search and Seizure AG 5771 and Policy 5771 and Suspension and Expulsion AG 5610 and Policy 5610 are complied with fully.


The Superintendent shall establish administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.