Incidents of Alcohol and/or Drug Use

  • A Memorandum of Understanding has been entered into by the Superintendent of Schools representing the Falmouth School Committee and the Chief of Police representing the Falmouth Selectmen to formalize procedures for communication and cooperation on incidents of alcohol and/or any other drug use, possession and distribution by students in the Falmouth School System.  Each building principal or his/her designee will be the liaison with the Police Department. The School Resource Officer will be the police officer who interacts with the school system.  We agree to coordinate our efforts to prevent student alcohol and/or any other drug use and abuse.

    Behavior

    School Response

    Interaction with Police

     1.Student voluntarily confides an alcohol and/or any other drug problem to school personnel.

    · Teacher will consult with the Counselor for help in deciding appropriate action or referral.

    · None

    School personnel have reasonable cause to suspect that student is using alcohol and/or any other drug.

    · Student will be removed from class.

    · Notification at the school principal’s discretion.

    · Principal/designee will confer with school personnel, assess student and call parent(s).

    · In consultation with, and with the approval of the principal, the school resource officer will decide on the level of police involvement.

    · Suspension from school and privileges as stated in handbook may be imposed.

     

    · Student will confer with the counselor for one to three required sessions.  Alternately, the student may meet with a counselor chosen by the parent/guardian with the conditions that it is done in a timely fashion and verified by that counselor.

     

    · An expulsion hearing with the principal may be held.

     

     3.Student is or admits to being under the influence of alcohol and/or any other drug but no contraband is found.

    · Student will be removed from class.

    · Notification by the school.

    · Principal or designee will immediately notify parent(s).

    ·In consultation with, and with the approval of the principal, the school resource offer will decide on the level of police involvement.

    ·  Suspension from school and privileges as stated in handbook will be imposed.

     

    · Student, his/her parent(s) and the counselor shall agree upon a treatment plan within ten days.

    * See note below.

    · An expulsion hearing with the principal may be held.

     

     4.Student is in possession of alcohol and/or any other drug.

    · In addition to notification of parent(s) and suspension, student and his/her parents will attend a meeting with the SAT counselor prior to a possible expulsion hearing with principal.

    · Notification by the school.

    · Contraband is turned over to police.

    ·  Criminal action may be taken.

     5. Student is selling or distributing alcohol and/or any other drug.

    · In addition to above, student will be removed from premises by police.

    · Notification by the school will all evidence turned over to police.

    · Court action will be initiated.