State law requires districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.
Utah Administrative Code R277-400-8. Prevention and Intervention.
(1) An LEA shall provide a school comprehensive violence prevention and intervention strategies as part of a school's regular curriculum including:
- (a) resource lessons and materials on anger management;
- (b) conflict resolution; and
- (c) respect for diversity and other cultures.
(2) As part of a violence prevention and intervention strategy in subsection (1), a school may provide age-appropriate instruction on firearm safety including appropriate steps to take if a student sees a firearm or facsimile in school.
(3) An LEA shall also develop student assistance programs including:
- (a) care teams;
- (b) school intervention programs; and
- (c) interagency case management teams.
(4) In developing student assistance programs, an LEA may coordinate with other state agencies and the Superintendent.
Utah Administrative Code R277-609-4. LEA Responsibility to Develop Plans.
(1) An LEA or school shall develop and implement a board approved comprehensive LEA plan or policy for student and classroom management, and school discipline.
(2) An LEA shall include administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council, and other community members in policy development, training, and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support, and responsibility.
(3) A plan described in Subsection (1) shall include:
- (a) the definitions of Section 53G-8-210;
- (b) written Standard for student behavior expectations, including school and classroom management;
- (c) effective instructional practices for teaching student expectations, including:
- (i) self-discipline;
- (ii) citizenship;
- (iii) civic skills; and
- (iv) social skills;
- (d) systematic methods for reinforcement of expected behaviors;
- (e) uniform and equitable methods for correction of student behavior;
- (f) uniform and equitable methods for at least annual school level data-based evaluations of efficiency and effectiveness;
- (g) an ongoing staff development program related to development of:
- (i) student behavior expectations;
- (ii) effective instructional practices for teaching and reinforcing behavior expectations;
- (iii) effective intervention strategies; and
- (iv) effective strategies for evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions;
- (h) procedures for ongoing training of appropriate school personnel in:
- (i) crisis intervention training;
- (ii) emergency safety intervention professional development; and
- (iii) LEA policies related to emergency safety interventions consistent with evidence-based practice;
- (i) policies and procedures relating to the use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances by students;