The use of illegal substances and drugs, including alcohol, is harmful to students and detrimental to the educational process. Use, distribution, and/or possession of these substances will not be tolerated on any District School Board of Pasco County school or campus, at any school function, school sponsored event or on any school sponsored transportation. Students found in possession of controlled, illegal substances (including alcohol), pills, or any other drug or drug look-alikes will be dealt with severely. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, counseling services, suspension, and/or law enforcement intervention. Students selling and/or distributing illegal substances to others will face probable expulsion from school. The School Board may, however, waive the expulsion if the student:
Provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the supplier of the controlled substance
Discloses voluntarily his unlawful possession of the controlled substance prior to arrest
Enrolls in and successfully completes a state licensed drug abuse program
The first alcohol/drug possession or alcohol/drug use discipline will result in referral to the Tools Program and five (5) days OSS. If the student does not successfully complete the Tools Program, they will serve an additional five (5) days of OSS (for ten (10) days total). Students involved in repeated substance possession/abuse infractions may access the Tools Program on multiple occasions in accordance with the Discipline Matrix.
Students concerned about their own substance use and/or that of friends and family should contact their school counselors or other staff member for information and referral for help.
The Tools Program is an educational intervention for students who are involved in disciplinary action due to substance use or possession. This program is not substance abuse treatment. The purpose is to provide effective prevention education while helping students remain academically engaged by reducing out-of-school suspension. Students found to have been selling or distributing drugs or alcohol are not eligible for the program.