Policy on Drug and Alcohol:

1. The Growing Healthy curriculum provides age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education/prevention programs for students in all grades kindergarten through grade 6. Our drug and alcohol programs and prevention efforts have been developed to clearly convey the following message to our students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol are wrong and harmful. Such use will not be tolerated on school premises.

2. Any employee of the Triton Regional Schools will report any incidents and/or behavior of students who display evidence of unauthorized using, possessing, selling, or distributing controlled substances (drugs) and/or alcoholic beverages. Such report should be made personally to the principal, assistant principal, assistant superintendent or superintendent.

3. The parent or guardian of any student under the influence of a controlled substance (drug) or alcohol in a school building, or on school property, or at a school sanctioned activity, whether on school district property or elsewhere, will be so notified by the administration. A parent or other appropriate authority may be required by the administration to cause such student to be removed forthwith from the school grounds. Such students may be suspended from school, recommended to the school committee for expulsion from school, and/or referred to the police.

4. Any student, based on the results of a hearing conducted in accordance with school committee policies and Massachusetts law, found to be in unauthorized possession of any controlled substance (drug) or alcoholic beverage in a school building, on school property, at a sanctioned school activity whether on school district property or elsewhere, shall be immediately suspended. The student may be recommended to the school committee for expulsion from school. If the offense involves possession of a controlled substance (drug) or alcoholic beverage, the matter will be referred immediately to the police for appropriate action.

5. Any student, based on the results of a hearing conducted in accordance with school committee policies and Massachusetts law, shown to be selling any controlled substance (drug) or alcoholic beverage in a school building, on school property, at a school sanctioned activity whether on school district property or elsewhere, will be suspended immediately from school and will be considered for recommendation to the school committee for expulsion from school at a hearing conducted by the superintendent of schools. The matter will be referred immediately to the police for appropriate action.

6. Any student, based on the results of a hearing in accordance with school committee policies and Massachusetts law, knowingly and willfully assists another person in using controlled substances (drugs) or alcoholic beverages in a school building, on school property, at a school sanctioned activity whether on school district property or elsewhere, shall be suspended immediately from school and may be recommended to the school committee for expulsion from school. In all cases, the matter will be referred to the police for appropriate action.

7. Controlled substances (drugs) shall mean any controlled substances as defined in Chapter 94(C) of Massachusetts General Laws. This policy applies to all Triton Regional School District personnel, as well as all students.

8. Information about available drug and alcohol counseling may be obtained through the school nurse. For specific information regarding drug and alcohol education within our kindergarten to grade 6 curriculum, contact our district lead nurse, Joni Meno (978) 465-2397.

Tobacco Use/Possession Policy

According to Federal Regulation and Massachusetts General Laws, use/possession of any tobacco products within the school buildings, the school facilities, on school grounds or school bus, by any individual including school personnel, is strictly prohibited. Tobacco products will be confiscated.