State law encourages districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.
17 V.I.C. § 823. Student eligibility and program criteria
(c) Substance Abuse Programs.
- (1) Substance abuse programs provide basic educational instruction for students participating in non-school based residential or day substance abuse treatment programs. Such educational programs must provide curricula and related services which support the program goals and which are appropriate for the completion of a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- (2) The program must provide school-based programs that serve students who have documented drug or alcohol-related problems and shall include instruction designed to prevent substance abuse.
17 V.I.C. § 824. Program planning and implementation
(a) Each district may establish one or more alternative programs for dropout prevention at the elementary, junior high school or high school level.