The use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs by students is serious and can be life threatening. Students’ use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs (including but not limited to: vapor, hookah and e-cigarettes) may impair their health, self-esteem, dignity, quality of life, learning ability and potential contribution to society. Substance use has a disruptive and negative influence on school, its programs and activities. Prompt intervention can be an effective deterrent against the abuse of controlled substances, thus helping the student user and protecting the general school population.
Discipline for violations is progressive but offers abeyance contracts for students who receive a drug and alcohol assessment and complete all of the recommendations. Chemical dependency is treatable and early identification, assessment and intervention are conducive to successful treatment. The school district can assist in arranging access to drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and re-entry programs, however, parents have the primary responsibility to seek assistance and resolve alcohol and other drug use problems that their children experience. The Northshore School District will not be responsible for payment of any associated costs of treatment including any additional urinalysis assessment (UA) testing. For further information, contact your school principal or counselor.
Possession, use, purchase, sale, or intent to sell or intent to purchase (whether completed or not), transport, distribution, and/or delivery, of alcohol, marijuana, any food or beverage containing alcohol, marijuana, controlled substances, (e.g., narcotics or inhalants) prescription drugs, or other chemical substances, in a manner inconsistent with its intended use, the prescribing order or look-a-likes including but not limited to drug paraphernalia or substance carrying devices (including but not limited to: vapor, hookah and e-cigarettes) is prohibited. Being under the influence, use, possession, distribution, purchase, sale, trade, or consumption at any time on Northshore School District property is prohibited. This rule is applicable to the school day and during any school-related functions or activities whether during the school day or not. Violators will be suspended or expelled and police may be contacted. The district will randomly conduct canine searches with the assistance of local law enforcement.
The District has adopted a specific set of progressive disciplinary consequences for the use, possession, or transfer of alcohol, marijuana, illicit drugs or vaping devices. These recommended actions may be increased in severity, up to and including expulsion, or reduced, based upon the specific circumstances of the violation as provided for herein.