Drug/Alcohol and Weapons Policy

The rules and regulations on drugs and alcohol are very clear and they should be understood by every parent and student because the school district will strictly enforce them. The possession, use, delivery, or sale of any alcohol or drug, or any related paraphernalia, i.e., pipes or bowls, or any so-called look-alike drugs will cause school officials to take these actions:

  • First Offense
    • Automatic ten day out-of-school suspension, notification of parent and police authorities, and a hearing before the school principal, with a requirement for assessment by a licensed drug and alcohol facility at parental expense within ten days.
    • Students are referred to and required to comply with the recommendations of the Student Assistance Team and the drug and alcohol facility.
  • Second Offense
    • All of the above plus a formal hearing before the school board may result in an extended suspension up to and including permanent expulsion.

We believe the presence of any drugs or alcohol in or around the school represents a clear and present danger to our students and violators will be dealt with sternly. Parents are strongly urged to discuss these consequences, and the dangers associated with drugs and alcohol with their children.

Drug/Alcohol Services

Students who do become involved with drugs/alcohol can access services by the Student Assistance Program. Through S.A.P. at the High School or S.T.A.R. at the Middle School, a student can receive a free drug and alcohol assessment. The student can then receive short-term drug/alcohol counseling, participate in an in-school support and after care group, be connected with a longer term outpatient drug/alcohol facility, or be referred to an inpatient drug/ alcohol treatment center. The liaison works closely with the school and treatment facilities to coordinate services.

District schools have been designated as Drug Free School Zones in compliance with Act 31 of March 25, 1988. Any adult convicted of selling illicit drugs to minors within 1,000 feet of schools faces a mandatory prison term of two years.

Signs designating the drug free zones are posted.

Weapons Policy

Weapons on school property - The Waynesboro Area Board of School Directors amended its weapons policy to comply with the provisions of the state law. Under the law a school district must expel, for a period of not less than one (1) year, any student who is determined to have brought a weapon onto any school property, any school-sponsored activity or any form of public transportation to school or a school-sponsored activity. Under the law, the superintendent may recommend discipline short of expulsion on a case-by-case basis.

Smoking Policy

On April 8, 1997, the Waynesboro Area Board of School Directors amended its tobacco control policy recognizing that smoking presents a fire, safety, and health hazard which can have serious consequences for both the smoker and the nonsmoker. In order to protect students and staff from the safety hazards of smoking and from an environment noxious to nonsmokers, the board prohibits smoking by all persons in district buildings and on district property.

Medication Policy

The Waynesboro Area School District asserts that parents have the primary responsibility for the health of their children. The district strongly recommends any necessary medications be given in the home. Parents should arrange with the child's physician for medication time at intervals to avoid school hours. When medication absolutely must be given during school hours, certain procedures must be followed.

Any prescription medication to be given during school hours must be delivered to the school nurse, the school principal, or the school secretary in the pharmacy-dispensed and properly labeled container. In every case the medication must be accompanied by a note from the parent requesting administration of the medication. Additionally, the parent will be required to complete the District Form 5144, Revised.

All medication will be kept in a locked container in the health suite with the exception of medications requiring refrigeration. These will be kept in an unlocked refrigerator in the health suite. If a child's condition requires that prescription medication be kept on his/her person such as an asthma inhaler, this must be indicated by a note from the physician annually.

Students will be responsible for reporting to the health suite at the time the medication is to be given. School personnel will make every effort to ensure the child receives his/her medication at the prescribed time.

Students are not permitted to carry nonprescription medications and school personnel are not permitted to dispense nonprescription medications sent from home. This includes medications such as Tylenol, cough drops, cough syrup, and over-the-counter cold medicines. If your physician has prescribed a medication such as this, simply have him/her write a note for the school.

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