Drug and Alcohol Policy

Elementary Parent Handbook: Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Souderton Area School Board recognizes that the misuse of drugs, alcohol, and/or mood altering substances by members of its school population is a serious problem with   legal, physical, and social implications. This policy and its associated guidelines are intended to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all concerned as well as maintain and improve the rapport existent among students and staff.

Through the use of curriculum and classroom activities, community resources, administrative and faculty efforts, rehabili­tative and disciplinary procedures, the Souderton Area School District will work in a consistent manner to educate, prevent, and intervene in the use and/or abuse of all drug, alcohol, and mood altering substances by members of the entire school population.

The school district and its individual employees shall be committed to the enforcement of all existing laws, regulations, and guidelines as adopted by federal, state, local, and school district authorities. Furthermore, in accordance with Section 1317 of the School Code, this policy prohibits any student from knowingly possessing, using, distributing, manufacturing, or being under the influence of any controlled substance and/or alcohol beverage while on school district property during the school day as well as any school sponsored activity, function or event, or on any vehicle used to transport students. Also prohibited is the distribution or possession of any drug paraphernalia and/or drug look-alikes.

In accordance with the Board’s concern for the prevention and intervention of drug and alcohol related problems, the Administration is directed to develop and comply with those regulations designed to implement its commitment to healthy student growth and development. Therefore, this policy authorizes the establishment of a Student Assistance Program as coordinated and operated within the guidelines of a Student Support Team which will receive special training on a continuous and ongoing basis.

School authorities shall notify all students, parents, and/or guardians of this policy and its administrative guidelines.

Drug and Alcohol Administrative Guidelines

In accordance with the Souderton Area School Board’s concern for the use, misuse, and/or abuse of drugs, alcohol, and/or mood altering substances and as an extension of its Drug and Alcohol Policy, the following definition of terms, regulations, and guidelines shall be used by all school district personnel when responding to a drug, alcohol and/or mood altering substance related situations.

Drug and Alcohol Definition of Terms

Drug/Alcohol/Mood Altering Substance – shall include any alcohol or malt beverage, any drug listed in Act 64 (1972) as a controlled substance, chemical abused substance or medication for which a prescription is required under the law and/or any substance which is intended to alter mood.

Examples of the above include but are not limited to beer, wine, liquor, marijuana, hashish, chemical solvents, glue, look-alike substances, and any capsules or pills not registered with the nurse, annotated within the student’s health record, and/or taken in accordance with the school district policy for the administration of medication to students in school.

Student Assistance Program - (SAP) is a state-mandated program developed to help students, teachers, staff members, and parents address concerns regarding students who are believed to be experiencing barriers to   learning due to alcohol/drug use, depression, adjustment issues, or other mental health concerns.  The purpose of the SAP team is to identify, refer, and support students who may be suffering from these aforementioned challenges.

Chemical Abuse Specialist – is a certified program specialist with expertise in the area of chemical dependence and school-based assessment.

Outside Referral – referral to an outside education or treatment agency not operated by the school district wherein students are evaluated in an effort to determine the extent of the drug/alcohol problem and appropriate intervention techniques to be applied. (Example: Penn Foundation)

School District Property – shall include buildings, facilities and grounds on any school or vocational-technical campus, school bus, school parking area, as well as any facility being used for a school function or school-sponsored trip.

School-Sponsored Function – include any alternative educational opportunity program or school-related activity subject to the school’s jurisdiction or where a nexus exists between school and the function.

Distributing – deliver, sell, pass, share, or give any alcohol, drug, drug look-alike, or mood altering substances as defined by this policy from one person to another, or to aid therein.

Sale – the exchange of a determined amount of money or its equivalent.

Possession – possess or hold, without any attempt to distribute, any alcohol, drug, drug look-alike, or mood altering substance determined to be illegal or as defined in this policy.

Use – to consume, take, or partake of drugs, alcohol or the like in any quantity.

Look-alikes – any non-controlled substance that in its overall finished dosage appearance is substantially similar in size, shape, color, marking, or packaging to a specific controlled substance.

Drug Paraphernalia – includes any utensil or item which in the school’s judgment can be associated with the use/abuse of narcotic drugs, alcohol, or mood altering substances. Examples may include but are not limited to cigarette-rolling papers, roach clips, pipes and bowls.

Cooperative Behavior – shall be defined as the willingness of a student to work with staff and school personnel in a reasonable and helpful manner, complying with requests and recommendations.

Uncooperative Behavior – is resistance or refusal – either verbal, physical or passive – on the student's part to comply with the reasonable request or recommendations of school personnel. Defiance, assault, deceit, and flight shall constitute examples of uncooperative student behavior. Uncooperative behavior shall also include the refusal to comply with recommendations as outlined by the Student Assistance Program (SAP) or a licensed drug and alcohol facility.

School Probation – a specified period of time whereby a student must adhere to prescribed conditions of behavior - these conditions of probation to be presented to both student and parent in writing. A student subject to probation under this policy shall attend school but also be required to observe certain conditions which may include but need not be limited to:
a.   Prohibition of any further violation of this policy.
b.   Prohibition of participation in athletic, extracurricular, social, or leadership activities. This may include exclusion from commencement activities.
c.   Reporting at stated periods to appropriate persons for counseling.
d.   Participating in after-school-hours maintenance and/or rehabilitation programs.
e.   Other conditions reasonably related to insuring a correction of the misbehavior or misconduct for which the probation was imposed.

Violation of any condition of probation by a student may, after a hearing, result in suspension, expulsion, more restrictive probation, or continuation of studies outside the school premises.

In-School Suspension – shall be an alternative to out-of-school suspension and may not exceed ten (10) consecutive school days unless an informal hearing with the principal is held in accordance with policy procedures relating to hearings. Refer to Policy #233, page 1/9.

Temporary Suspension – shall be defined as not more than three (3) consecutive school days. Refer to Policy #233, page 2/9.

Full Suspension – shall mean exclusion from school for a period of up to ten (10) consecutive school days. Refer to policy #233, page 3/9.


A student, who on school grounds, during a school session, or anywhere at a school-sponsored activity is found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia or is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, drug look-alikes, mood altering substances, or any substance purported to be a restricted substance or over the counter drug shall be subjected to discipline pursuant to the provisions and procedures outlined in Board Policies #218, 233, and these Administrative Guidelines.

As an integral part of the Souderton Area School District Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, these administrative guidelines represent one component in a district-wide effort and are intended to provide a consistent minimum disciplinary means to respond effectively to drug, mood altering substance, and alcohol related situations that may occur at school or at school-sponsored activities. The Souderton Area School District shall provide a safe and healthy environment for all students with due consideration for their legal rights and responsibilities. Furthermore, the Board reserves the right to use any extraordinary measures deemed necessary to control substance abuse even if the same is not specifically provided for in any rule or regulation enumerated herein.

Each Student Assistance Program (SAP) shall be responsible for the maintenance and access of student records and/or information as it relates to this policy and its associated guidelines. Any such informational records kept in the SAP file are to be considered confidential. All offenses dealing with drugs, alcohol, or mood altering substances which are committed by a student while enrolled in the Souderton Area School District will be considered cumulative as of the effective date of this policy and thus transferred from one SAP to the next as the student moves though the school district.

Maintenance and transferal of any such information shall be in compliance with existing policy. Refer to the Students Record Plan of Souderton Area School District as revised in October 1997.