Since the health and safety of our students is our ultimate concern, Hale Center ISD has entered into a canine surveillance program for the detection and prevention of drug abuse. Regular and unannounced visits by the “drug dog” will be made throughout the year. Our goal is not to catch students and expel them; it is to prevent drug possession and use on school property.
The following policy will govern the relationships between the district and its students who become involved with controlled substances, alcohol, hallucinogenic, hypnotic, or sedative drugs and chemicals or drug paraphernalia.
No student shall knowingly possess, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage or any other intoxicant: on school grounds or off school grounds, or at a school activity or event.
A teacher, school administrator, or school employee who reports to a school administrator or governmental authority a student whom the teacher suspects abusing, passing, or selling chemicals or drug paraphernalia school property is not liable for civil damages. Compliance with this policy is mandatory. Searches by trained dogs may occur from time to time. Searches will follow established policies. Lockers and vehicles will be searched if needed.
Students who possess, use, or distribute chemicals or drug paraphernalia will be subject to disciplinary measures as stated in the student code of conduct. (For legal consequences refer to HCISD Discipline Management Plan).