Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs by Students
The Atlanta Board of Education recognizes that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful and creates an unhealthy and unsafe educational environment. Therefore, the Board prohibits the unlawful possession of drugs, counterfeit drugs, or related drug paraphernalia (pipes, papers, containers, etc.) and the manufacture, distribution, sale, dispensing, or use of alcohol, anabolic steroids, or any controlled substance, or the improper use of any legally obtained drugs or behavior affecting substances by students on school property, while going to and from school, while on school buses, or while attending or participating in any school-sponsored activity.
Students found in violation of this policy are subject to penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion, and arrest and prosecution, as set forth in Student Handbook: Conduct and Discipline.
Furthermore, it is the intent of the Board to provide age appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs that address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use and provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use alcohol or other illicit drugs for all APS students. These programs shall also provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs available to students.
Compliance with these requirements is mandatory. Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this policy. All prescription drugs shall be kept in the original container.
The Board has adopted the MACAD SUPER program as an alternative for first-time offenders of possession and/or use of alcohol or other drugs. Information for students and parents about available alcohol and other drug counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs may be obtained from teachers, school counselors, SAP counselors, psychologists, social workers, administrators, and others. A copy of this policy shall be provided to all students and parents.
Cross-references with policies: JCD, JCDA, JCDA-E(1)