Manistee Area Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education recognizes that the misuse of drugs is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the entire school community.

As the educational institution of this community, the schools should strive to prevent drug abuse and help drug abusers by educational, rather than punitive, means, when appropriate.

For purposes of this policy, "drugs" shall mean:

 A.all dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute;

 B.all chemicals which release toxic vapors;

 C.all alcoholic beverages;

 D.any prescription or patent drug, except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy;


 F.performance enhancing drugs as determined annually by the Department of Community Health;

 G.any other illegal substances so designated and prohibited by law.

In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board hereby establishes a "Drug-Free School Zone" that extends 1000 feet from the boundary of any school property. The Board prohibits the use, possession, sale, concealment, delivery, or distribution of any drug at any time on District property, within the Drug-Free School Zone, or at any District-related event.

Furthermore, the Superintendent shall take the necessary steps so that an individual eighteen (18) years of age or older who knowingly sells, delivers or distributes controlled substances so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute within the Drug-Free School Zone to another person is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines for the identification, amelioration, and regulation of drug abuse in the schools. Such guidelines shall:

 A.emphasize the prevention of drug use;

 B.provide for a comprehensive, age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention program which:

  1.addresses the legal, social, psychological, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use; and

  2.provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs, performance-enhancing drugs, and alcohol; and

  3.assists students to develop skills to make responsible decisions about substance abuse and other important health issues; and

  4.promotes positive emotional health, self-esteem, and respect for one's body; and

  5.meets the minimal objectives as stated in the essential performance objectives for health education as established by the State's Department of Education;

 C.include a statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession, sale, and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful;

 D.provide standards of conduct that are applicable to all students which clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, sale, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity;

 E.include a clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the school standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions;
  The sanctions may include, together with punitive action, voluntary referral to appropriate persons or agencies for screening and assessment. Such referral may only be made to qualified and properly licensed individuals or programs.

 F.provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students and provide procedures to direct students and their parents to the appropriate programs;

 G.require that all parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the unlawful possession, sale, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students;

 H.require the notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory;

 I.provide a biennial review of the school district's program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

The Superintendent shall obtain sufficient copies from the State Health Department of the warning notice concerning anabolic steroids and shall ensure that the notice is installed and properly maintained in each of the District's locker rooms or athletic dressing areas.

Rules developed by the Superintendent shall follow these guidelines:

 A.In all cases involving the students and drugs, the need to protect the school community from undue harm and exposure to drugs shall be balanced against the need to guard the due process rights of the individual and the opportunity to rehabilitate a member of society within a wholesome school environment.

 B.In the discipline of students involved with drugs, the following factors should be considered and should serve to mitigate such punitive sanctions as are imposed:

  1.the potential harm of the specific drug itself, the physical hazard posed by it, and its tendency to habituate users

  2.the degree and kind of involvement with drugs evidenced by the activities of the student offender; the number of other students affected by him/her; and his/her possible profit motive

  3.the number of times the student has been disciplined for drug involvement previously

  4.the overall disciplinary record of the student

  5.the student's willingness and desire to participate in an approved substance-abuse program or to seek help from professionals, organizations, or other individuals qualified to provide services

 C.Notations concerning involvement with drugs may be entered on a student's records, except that all such notations shall be expunged when they are no longer necessary for the counseling of the student or when the student leaves school.

The Superintendent shall develop a curriculum for instruction in the harmful effects and legal restrictions against the use of drugs of abuse, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco for students at each grade level and conduct such in-service training programs for staff members necessary to ensure effective teaching about drugs and assistance to students with drug problems.

The Superintendent shall take such steps as may be necessary to notify all students likely to be affected and their parents of the Board policy on the use of drugs.

M.C.L.A. 380.1170; 333.26301 et seq., 333.7410, 333.7410A
A.C. Rule R388.271 et seq.
Senate Bill 350, 1990
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986, 20 U.S.C. 3171 et seq.
20 U.S.C. 3224A

Revised 10/10/01
Revised 1/10/07