West Virginia - Alcohol and Drug-use Prohibitions or Restrictions: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law prohibits the sale, possession, or use of alcohol or controlled substances andencourages districts to refer students to treatment or offer “safe harbor” immunity from disciplinary action when students seek help for substance use disorders.

West Virginia Administrative Code 126-99. EXPECTED BEHAVIOR IN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS (4373)

Chapter 4: INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AND MEANINGFUL INTERVENTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

Section 2. Inappropriate Behaviors: Codes, Definitions and Interventions and Consequences

Level 3 Inappropriate Behaviors

Behaviors Definitions - Level 3
Imitation Drugs: Possession, Use, Distribution or Sale A student will not possess, use, distribute or sell any substance that is expressly represented or implied to be a controlled substance or simulate the effect and/or the appearance (color, shape, size and markings) of a controlled substance.
Inhalent Abuse A student will not deliberately inhale or sniff common products found in homes, schools and communities with the purpose of "getting high". The action may be referred to as huffing, sniffing, dusting and/or bagging.

Interventions and Consequences
The selection of appropriate interventions and consequences for substance abuse must be considered very carefully depending upon the severity of the behavior and potential safety concern for others in the school. The first action must be to conference with the parent/guardian and appropriate law enforcement representatives in an effort to direct the student to appropriate addiction services. Referral to tobacco cessation services/treatment and substance abuse treatment services shall be a priority intervention strategy for these behaviors.

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