A primary responsibility of Horizon School Division is to provide a school environment conducive to effective learning. Consequently, the Division will not tolerate alcohol or drug use in schools. One way in which this responsibility is achievable is through the provision of meaningful consequences for breaches of alcohol or drug rules. Consequences increase in severity for repeat offenders.
These consequences will provide assistance to those who are in need of counseling and rehabilitation and will serve as a deterrent to students who may be using alcohol and other drugs.
The actions in this procedure are guided by: The Education Act, 1995
(sections 152 to 154); The Narcotic Control Act
; The Food and Drug Act
; The Youth Criminal Justice Act
; and The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
1. Under the Influence of, in Possession of or Trafficking in Alcohol or Drugs:
1.1. In all instances when the use or possession of the substance has a discernible effect upon a student, during school hours, during an extra-curricular function at the school or on a designated trip, a staff member shall report reasonable suspicion to the principal.
1.2. If evidence is sufficient to establish that a breach has in fact occurred, the principal will:
1.2.1. Immediately contact the parent/caregiver; and/or convene a meeting of the student, parent/caregiver and other appropriate persons to determine a course of action, and;
1.2.2. Arrange for the immediate and safe departure of the student from school property.
1.3. Principals shall refer to AP 350 – Student Discipline when addressing the behaviour.
1.4. Principal may recommend or require the student be referred for counseling and/or rehabilitation. Reference: Sections 85, 87, 108, 109, 148, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 175, 231, Education ActThe Narcotic Control Act The Food and Drug Act The Youth Criminal Justice Act The Charter of Rights and Freedoms March 8, 2011 Revised June 2, 2017