To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child

Parent Handbook 2017-18

Drug-Free Schools

In order to protect the rights of students, to safeguard the learning environment, and to contribute to a “Drug-Free” community, the Director of Schools shall plan for dealing with alcohol and drugs which shall include the following:

  1. Appropriate ways for handling alcohol/drug-related medical emergencies;
  2. Guidelines for reporting alcohol/drug incidents and illegal activities;
  3. Guidelines for referral of students who may have an alcohol/drug problem and/or are considered “high risk” to agencies and other sources for appropriate help; and
  4. Effective working relationships with appropriate community agencies, such as alcohol/drug service providers, law enforcement agencies, and judicial officials

Each school will follow the guidelines set forth below to safeguard students and staff and to maintain a positive learning environment:

  1. Clothing and accessories bearing slogans that are about or suggestive of drugs, alcohol, sex, obscenities or prove to be a disturbing influence shall not be allowed in the Murfreesboro City School System.
  2. Students shall not possess, distribute, use or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in school buildings or on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school-sponsored activity at any time, whether on or off school grounds. Students shall not possess, distribute or use any drug paraphernalia in school buildings or on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school-sponsored activity at any time, whether on or off school grounds.
  3. Students shall not market or distribute any substance which is represented to be or is substantially similar in color, shape, size or markings to a controlled substance in school buildings or on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school-sponsored activity at any time, whether on or off school grounds.
  4. Upon information that a student is suspected of violating this policy, the principal of the school shall be notified immediately. If it is determined that board policy has indeed been violated, the principal shall notify the student’s parent or guardian and the appropriate law enforcement officials, and take appropriate disciplinary action as afforded through the Board disciplinary action as afforded through the Board disciplinary policies.
  5. *Any student possessing unlawfully any narcotic or stimulant drug, prescription drug, or any other controlled substance (including marijuana) shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year, except that the Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify the expulsion on a case-by-case basis
  6. *Any student unlawfully using or being under the influence of any narcotic or stimulant drug, prescription drug or any other controlled substance (including marijuana) shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year, except the Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion on a case-by-case basis
  7. *Any student selling, distributing, or transferring any narcotic or stimulant drug, prescription drug, or any other controlled substance (including marijuana) shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year, except the Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion on a case-by-case basis
  8. The substance and/or paraphernalia shall be held by the principal until such time as delivered to or requested by the law enforcement authorities in charge.

Zero tolerance offenses are indicated by an “*” as set forth above.

Through the use of state guidelines, the Director of Schools shall be responsible for:

  1. Developing and implementing an appropriate curriculum on alcohol and drug education for students;
  2. Providing adequate information and training for all staff personnel as appropriate to their responsibilities;
  3. Implementing the relevant portions of the Drug-Free Youth Act;
  4. Developing administrative rules and guidelines for the school system to effectively respond to alcohol and drug situations that may occur at school or school-sponsored events; and
  5. Providing notification to parents and students that compliance with this policy is

Swift, certain, and severe disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on students who violate standards of conduct required by this policy. Such sanctions will be consistent with local, state, and federal laws, up to and including suspension/expulsion as well as referral for prosecution. Completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program may also be recommended.

Information about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs will be made available through the school counselor.

Board Policy STU 34 Legal References:

TRRMS 0520-1-3-.08(2)(d)
20 USCA 7116; 34 CFR 86.200
T.C.A. §39-17-417
T.C.A. §39-17-715
T.C.A. §49-6-4209
T.C.A. §49-6-3401 T.C.A §49-6-4213