Emergency: Suspected Alcohol or Drug Violation
An emergency is defined as a student out of control, unconscious, or physically ill. The priority is protecting the student from physical harm and from disrupting the school environment and other students.
- Remain with the student.
- Send for the school nurse.
- Call 911 for emergency medical assistance if the nurse is not available.
- If indicated, release the student to the custody of appropriate medical personnel.
- Report to the Principal or their designee once the student is under medical supervision.
- The Principal contacts the parents. If the Principal is not available, the Principal’s designee contacts the parents.
The Principal implements the follow-up procedures detailed below:
Where there is reason to suspect an alcohol or drug violation by a student (even if the evidence is inconclusive):
- The Principal or their designee contacts the student’s parents.
- The Principal or their designee may request that the Hanover Police Department send an officer to the school.
- If the police officer does not take custody of the student, the Principal or their designee may request that a parent take the student home.
- If the police officer does not take custody of the student and a parent is not available, the Principal or their designee can require the student stay at school until the student can be released into the custody of a responsible adult.
- The Principal or their designee meets with the student and their parents and determines the consequences for the violation. The School independently determines whether it should impose discipline for alcohol or drug use whether or not the police take action.
- The Principal or their designee advises the student and their parents that a referral will be made to the Student Assistance Team.
- After reviewing the incident, the Student Assistance Team may recommend that the student meet with a Team counselor as a condition of reinstatement. This is similar to the procedure outlined in the Athletic Training Rules and may be required in addition to administrative consequences such as a suspension or schedule-up. The team may also recommend interventions outside of school.