Alcohol, Drug & Tobacco Policy
Alcohol & Drug Policy
Richland School District policies clearly state that it is unlawful for students or staff members to possess or use alcohol or illegal drugs on school premises or at any school activity.
Although a helping hand relationship is emphasized, appropriate disciplinary action is taken when laws or school regulations are violated. If school authorities find a student in possession of addictive substances at school, the substances will be confiscated and turned over to law enforcement officials for investigation and disposal. The following disciplinary action can be taken by a school administrator regardless of law enforcement action—short-term suspension, long-term suspension, expulsion.
Staff members who violate any aspect of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate discharge. Other actions, such as notification of law enforcement agencies and/or adverse action against contract status, may be taken by the district in regard to a staff member’s violation of this policy.
Tobacco Free Schools
All students, school employees and citizens are prohibited from using tobacco products of any kind while on district property. In addition, by state law, it is illegal for anyone 21 years old and under to possess or use tobacco in Washington State.