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Encyclopedia > School district drug policies
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School district drug policies are measures that teachers and administrators of a school put into place in order to discourage drug use by students. Within the last twenty years, primary and secondary school drug and alcohol policies have become increasingly restrictive, using very severe methods of punishment. Some school districts have even gone as far as including student's behavior off campus and after school in their policy's jurisdiction. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... A teachers room in a Japanese middle school, 2005. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... High school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Look up Punishment in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The main issues of concern are:

  1. Student Civil Rights
  2. Student Privacy
  3. Suspension of Civil Rights on Campuses
  4. Involvement of Parents and Police

Urban school districts saw widespread implementation of comprehensive Drug and Alcohol policies starting in the mid-1980s. Although small town school districts have generally been slower to adopt these measures, teenage drug use has not spared rural and suburban schools either. Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... An urban area is a term used to define an area where there is an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas are sparsely settled places away from the influence of large cities and towns. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ...


Case study

In late 2001, in small-town Ashland, Oregon, the Ashland School Board enacted a Drug and Alcohol Policy for leadership students that created a firestorm of controversy. The local Oregon ACLU had advocated on behalf of various students expelled by the Ashland School District for drug use in May 2001 at a national forensics tournament and rallied again to protect the students from an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy. This landmark battle for student’s rights was the first of many similar incidents across the country. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Plaza Ashland is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, near Interstate 5 and the California border, and nestled in the south end of the Rogue Valley. ... The Ashland School District is a school district in suburban Ashland, Oregon. ... The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is a non_governmental organization devoted to defending civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. ... 2001 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Events: May 1 - Chandra Levy disapears while jogging. ...


Students at Ashland Senior High School argued that their off campus behavior after school hours should have no effect on their academic standing. In a statement to the local press, Ashland Senior High School Student Body Co-President Brady Brim-DeForest said "Teaching kids not to use and abuse drugs and alcohol is a family thing. Ultimately, it's a student's own personal choice." Ashland High School is an American high school located at 201 S. Mountain Ave. ...


Eventually, the Code of Conduct was rewritten and the controversy led to a full scale re-evaluation of the School District's entire Drug and Alcohol Policy. In order to reach consensus however, a community committee was formed, which met consecutively for five months.


A significant point against the use of drug testing in schools is the Fifth Amendment; where providing a urine sample is providing evidence against oneself. The Fifth Amendment may refer to the: Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution - part of the Bill of Rights. ...


Case Study News Coverage

  • Mail Tribune (January 2002 Coverage)
  • Mail Tribune (October 2001 Coverage) Article 1
  • Mail Tribune (October 2001 Coverage) Article 2
  • Mail Tribune (September 2001 Coverage)
  • Mail Tribune (July 2001 Coverage) Article 1
  • Mail Tribune (July 2001 Coverage) Article 2

See also

A demonstation by Promena in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2003. ... The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ... Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1998 by a small group of students, including Shawn Heller of George Washington University, David Epstein of American University, and Kris Lotlikar. ... School districts are a form of special-purpose district in the United States (amongst some other places) which serves to operate the local public primary and secondary schools. ... A zero-tolerance policy is a policy of having very little tolerance for transgressions: any infraction of existing laws and regulations will be punished, no matter how small. ... Drug policy reform is a term used to describe proposed changes to the way most governments respond to the socio-cultural reality of psychoactive substance use. ...

External links

  • Supreme Court Case on Drug Testing in Schools
  • November Coalition Working to end drug war injustice

  Results from FactBites:
 
American Civil Liberties Union : Why Student Drug Testing Does Not Work (572 words)
Students who randomly are selected to undergo a drug test must prove their innocence by having a clean urine sample.
Alcohol and most drugs are virtually undetectable unless the student is under the influence at the time the test is administered.
A policy that randomly drug tests students involved in extracurricular activities may deter other students from joining these activities and thus give these students more free time in which they might turn to drugs.
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