Drug & Weapon Free Zone Notifications
DRUG FREE SCHOOL ZONE
Lakewood Public Schools
Each building and site in the Lakewood Public Schools system has been declared a drug free school zone. What this means is that it is against school rules for a student to have in his/her possession, to deliver, attempt to deliver, or cause to be delivered a non-controlled substance, which the person represents to be an illegal, abusive, or controlled substance. Furthermore, it is against school rules for a student to have “look-alikes” which the student represents to be of a nature, appearance, or effect which will allow the recipient to display, sell, distribute, or use the substance as an illegal, abusive, or controlled substance, including paraphernalia to be used with such substances.
Tobacco Use or possession of tobacco products or paraphernalia including cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, nicotine containing products, lighters and matches is prohibited at all times in the buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, or at school activities and events. The odor of tobacco on the breath or hands will be considered proof of a violation of policy. Possession and/or use of tobacco products by minors are also a violation of state law and will be treated as such.
- 15 hours of community service and attend and Adolescent Tobacco Abuse Cessation (ATAC) course, a four (4) hour class, or;
- Pay $75 to LPS and attend ATAC, or;
- Pay $75 and get a 3 day out of school suspension, or;
- Police officials issue a $100 ticket, which creates a juvenile record and a 3-day out of school suspension.
- Pay $90 to LPS and attend ATAC classes; or
- Pay $90 to LPS and get a 5 day out of school suspension. Fine must be paid before student may return to school, or;
- Police officials issue a $200 ticket, which creates another juvenile record and student receives a 5 day out of school suspension.
- Pay $100 to LPS, complete 15 hours of community service and attend ATAC classes; or
- Pay $100 to LPS and get a 10 day out of school suspension. Fines must be paid before the student returns to school, or;
- Police department issues a $400 ticket, which creates another juvenile record and student gets ten (10) days out of school suspension.
Students may serve community service time from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Students have 20 days to complete community service. Students, who do not complete community service within the 20 school days, will face suspension based upon their violation. Students who do not complete the ATAC course will face suspension based upon their offense.
Use or possession of tobacco paraphernalia such as lighters and matches will result in a one-(1) period assignment to the RTR. The same penalties apply to any substance that looks like tobacco; i.e., mint chew.
WEAPONS FREE SCHOOLS
The Board of Education prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the District, a school-sponsored event, or in a District vehicle without the permission of the Superintendent.
The term "weapon" means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.
This policy shall also encompass such actions as look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition.
The Superintendent is authorized to establish instructional programs on weapons which require students to immediately report knowledge of weapons and threats of violence by students and staff to the building principal. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.
The Superintendent will refer any student who violates this policy to the student’s parents or guardians and to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.
- weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel;
- items pre-approved by the building principal as part of a class or individual presentation under adult supervision, if used for the purpose and in the manner approved; (Working firearms and any ammunition will never be approved as part of a presentation.
- theatrical props used in appropriate settings.
This policy will be published annually in all District student and staff handbooks. Publication is not a precondition to enforcement of this policy.