502.3 - Prohibition of Tobacco/Nicotine, Alcohol, and Drugs

The board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacturing, possession, use, or being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco/nicotine, or other controlled substances; as well as “look alike” substances that appear to be alcohol, tobacco/nicotine (ex: vaping, e-cigarettes, JUUL-like vaping devices, etc.), or other controlled substances (ex: schedule I; schedule II-V drugs without a valid prescription) by students while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned/operated vehicles or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities away from school grounds.

The board believes such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials generally cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment and present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors.

Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion; and a referral for substance use evaluation by a licensed substance use professional.

The distribution, dispensing, manufacturing, use, purchase, or possession of cigarettes, tobacco/nicotine, or other tobacco products for those under the age of 18 are in violation of federal, state, and local laws and may be reported to the law enforcement authorities. The distribution, dispensing, manufacturing, use, purchase, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol and other controlled substances or drugs not prescribed to the user or distributor (ex: schedule I; schedule II-V drugs) are in violation of federal, state, and local laws and may also be reported to the law enforcement authorities.

Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a substance use assistance or rehabilitation program. If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 3/12; 10/14; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 5/11; 7/13; 1/15; 3/23
Related Policy (Code #): 502.1; 502.2; 502.2-R; 502.3-R; 502.4; 1004.3
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 123.46; 124; 279.8-9; 453A;
81 IAC 12.3(6); .5(3)(e); .5(4)(e); .5(5)(e); 34 CFR Pt 86
IASB Reference: 502.07
Mandatory Policy

502.3-R - Regulations Regarding Enforcement of Prohibition of Tobacco/Nicotine, Alcohol, and Drugs

Administrative regulations enforcing Policy 502.3 includes three components: prevention, intervention, and discipline.


  1. Age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through twelve which addresses the legal, social, and health consequences of tobacco/nicotine, drug, and alcohol use and which provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use tobacco/nicotine, drugs, and alcohol;
  2. A statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful; and
  3. Standards of conduct for students that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, being under the influence of, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as part of any of its activities.


  1. Information about drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs available to students; and
  2. An expectation that students may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program if involved in substance abuse behaviors.


  1. A clear statement that disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral for prosecution that will be imposed on students who violate the policy;
  2. A requirement that parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required; and
  3. Notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory.

The board believes it must do everything within its jurisdiction to ensure the safety and well-being of students. Therefore, the administration of the district will work cooperatively with law enforcement officials, including the police department and the police department canine unit, within the utmost authority of the law to prohibit the use of tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, and drugs. The canine unit may include searches of automobiles, lockers, classrooms, and/or buildings.

Adopted: 9/98
Reviewed: 3/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17; 9/20; 10/23
Revised: 5/11; 7/13
Related Policy: 502.1; 502.2; 502.2-R; 502.3; 502.4
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 123.46; 123; 279.8-9; 453A; 281 IAC 12.3(6), .5(3)(e), .5(5)(e)
IASB Reference: 502.07