State law prohibits the sale, possession, or use of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or at school-related events.
216-RICR-20-10-4.42 Alcohol and Other Drugs
A. All schools are required to have policies regarding possession of alcohol and other drugs and must have on-going prevention activities and programs as supported by the " Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act ", 20 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq.
- All school districts must ensure that the discipline policies regarding incidents of students in possession of alcohol or drugs are imposed on a case-by-case basis.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-21.1. Penalties for drug, alcohol or weapons offenses
The discipline of any public school student for violating a school policy relating to the possession or use of alcohol, drugs or weapons not described in § 16-21-18 of this chapter, shall be imposed on a case-by-case basis pursuant to guidelines developed and promulgated by the school committee for that district. The guidelines and any discipline imposed shall take into account the nature and circumstances of the violation and the applicability of any federal laws governing students with disabilities.