DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM
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).
Mental Health, Suicide and Substance Abuse
If you are worried that your child may be using or is in danger of experimenting, using, or abusing illegal drugs or other prohibited substances, please contact the school counselor. The school counselor can provide you with a list of community resources that may be of assistance to you. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) maintains information regarding children’s mental health and substance abuse intervention services on its website: Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council & Mental Health & Substance Use
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
The district is committed to partnering with parents to support the healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development of its students. If you are concerned about your child, please visit Texas Suicide Prevention or contact the school counselor for more information related to suicide prevention services available in your area. The current numbers for the 2021-2022 school year are: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) (1-800-273-TALK) (8255) and the Crisis Text Line (Text TX To 741741).
If you feel you are experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency but your safety or the safety of others is not at immediate risk, please contact: