District of Columbia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Substance Use

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District of Columbia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Substance Use

Category: Discipline Addressing Specific Code of Conduct Violations
Subcategory: Substance Use
State: District of Columbia

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LAWS

§ 2-1595. Duties.

(b)(1) All programs shall be evidence-based, age-appropriate, and implemented to serve children and their families and shall include:

(B) School-based violence and substance abuse prevention.

§ 38-651.10. Misuse.

(a) A school may deny a medication action plan pursuant to terms established by the Mayor.

(b) A student who self-administers medication while at school, at a school-sponsored activity, or while on school-sponsored transportation for a purpose other than his or her own treatment may be subject to disciplinary action by the school; provided, that disciplinary action shall not limit or restrict the access of a student to his or her prescribed medication. The school shall promptly notify the responsible person of any disciplinary action imposed.

§ 38-827.01. Establishment of the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission.

(a) There is established the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission with the purpose of advising the Mayor and the Council on health, wellness, and nutritional issues concerning youth and schools in the District, including:

(10) Substance abuse.

REGULATIONS

5-B2500. General policy.

2500.6 Options for prevention, intervention, and remediation shall include, but not be limited to:

(v) Referral to substance abuse counseling service.

5-B2502. Grounds for disciplinary action.

2502.3 Tier III behaviors are those behaviors not specifically enumerated in any other tier in this chapter that cause significant disruption to the academic environment or cause harm to self or others. In addition to lesser consequences, Tier III behaviors may result in either on-site or off-site Suspension.

(a) The following behaviors shall be considered Tier III behaviors:

(4) Possession or Use of tobacco;

(5) Use of alcohol;

(6) Use of marijuana, controlled dangerous substances, imitation controlled substances, inhalants, other intoxicants, or drug paraphernalia;

(7) Unauthorized Possession, Use, or Distribution of over-the-counter medication. [...]

(b) Disciplinary responses for Tier III behaviors shall include:

(1) Verbal redirection/reprimand;

(2) Teacher/student conference or administrator/student conference;

(3) Parental contact (written or by phone);

(4) Parent conference;

(5) Temporary Removal of Student from Classroom;

(6) Behavior contract;

(7) In-School Disciplinary Action;

(8) Grade reduction for Academic Dishonesty;

(9) On-site Short-Term Suspension with provision of appropriate intervention services;

(10) Off-site Short-Term Suspension, except in response to unexcused tardiness or absence; and

(11) Off-site Medium-Term Suspension, except in response to unexcused tardiness or absence. [...]

2502.5 Tier V behaviors are those behaviors not specifically enumerated in any other tier in this chapter that are illegal, cause significant disruption to the school operation, or cause substantial harm to self or others. Tier V behaviors result in off-site Suspension or Expulsion.

(a) The following behaviors shall be considered Tier V behaviors:

(3) Selling or Distribution of marijuana, prescription drugs, controlled dangerous substances, imitation controlled substances, inhalants, other intoxicants, controlled or drug paraphernalia;

(4) The Possession or Distribution of alcohol;

(5) The Possession of drug paraphernalia or controlled substance, irrespective of the amount or type, pursuant to the criminal statutes of the District of Columbia, codified at D.C. Official Code § 48-1101 et seq. (2001).

5-B2599. Definitions.

2599.1 Unless the same term or phrase is defined in § 2599.2, the definitions set forth in § 2099 are incorporated in this chapter by reference and shall apply to the terms and phrases used in this chapter.

2599.2 As used in this chapter, the following terms and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed:

"Use"–when referring to alcohol, marijuana or other illegal drugs, or prescription medication, means a finding, based on reasonable evidence, that a student was found to have consumed such substances without proper authorization, or that a student was found, based on reasonable evidence, to be or have been under the influence of same while under the jurisdiction of DCPS authority.

5-E2402. Code of student responsibilities and conduct.

2402.8 A student shall respect the health and safety of others and shall refrain from using tobacco; or using, possessing, transmitting, or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, narcotic substance, or illegal or prohibited drug or substance; or by engaging in gambling, extortion, theft, assault, excessive noise, or any other unlawful activity.

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