8440 – Use Of Tobacco, Alcohol, And Other Controlled Substances By Students

Grand Island Public Schools prohibits students from being under the influence of alcohol or any substance, or using, possessing, selling or dispensing alcohol, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products, while on school district property, in school owned and/or school provided transportation, or while attending or engaged in school activities.

For purposes of this policy the following definitions apply:
1."Alcohol" shall be defined as in the Nebraska Liquor Control Act, or as the Act may be amended from time to time. See, Neb. Rev. Stat. §53-101, et seq.

2."Controlled substances," "imitation controlled substances", and "drug paraphernalia" shall include all substances and materials referred to in the Nebraska Uniform Controlled Substances Act, or as the Act may be amended from time to time. See, Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-401 et seq.

3."Tobacco products" include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarette paper, cigarillos, chewing tobacco, pipes, vapor products, alternative nicotine products, tobacco product look-alikes, and products intended to replicate tobacco products either by appearance or effect, or any similar product or device that can be used to ingest tobacco.

4."Alternative nicotine products" include but are not limited to any noncombustible product containing nicotine, whether chewed, absorbed, dissolved or ingested by any other means.

5."Vapor product" means any noncombustible product that employs a heating element power source, electronic circuit or other electronic, chemical, or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, that can be used to produce vapor from nicotine or other substances in a solution or other form, including but not limited to electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic cigarillos, electronic pipes or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container of nicotine.

Grand Island Public Schools believes illegal or unauthorized products or substances cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees or visitors. As such, all district-owned or operated facilities, grounds and vehicles, as well as district-sponsored events, will be designated tobacco, alcohol and drug-free. Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action that may include suspension or expulsion and/or being reported to law enforcement.

Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a drug and/or alcohol assessment. If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.

This policy shall not apply to medications authorized under Policy 8514 - MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL.


Legal Reference: 34 C.F.R. Pt. 86 (Drug Free Schools and Community Act)
Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-401, et seq.
Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-1418
Neb. Rev. Stat. §53-101, et seq.
Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267

Policy Adopted - November 3, 1980
Policy Revised: 7-7-97
Policy Revised 10-10-02
Policy Revised: 04-12-2012
Policy Revised: 08.14.2014