Drug Free Schools Policy


The General McLane School Board supports a comprehensive prevention and intervention program to deal with the problems of substance abuse that face our students. Students receive information addressing the legal, social and health consequences of drugs and alcohol beginning in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

It is the Board’s position that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful and that the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as part of any of its activities is prohibited. Compliance with these standards is mandatory.

The Board has adopted Policy 227 in Drug Abuse which includes disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution. For purposes of this policy, “drugs” mean:

  • all dangerous controlled substances and anabolic steroids, prohibited by law
  • all “look alike” drugs
  • all alcoholic beverages
  • any drug paraphernalia
  • any prescription medication (except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Medical Procedure 227-R).

In addition, any over-the-counter medication (except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Medication Procedure 227-R) may be considered a drug under this policy.

The Board prohibits the use, possession, or distribution of any drug:

  • during school hours
  • on school property
  • at any school sponsored event

The District Disciplinary Code regarding substance abuse has been developed with input from parents, teachers and administrators, adopted by the Board and is in compliance with local, state and federal law. The Disciplinary Code is distributed at the beginning of the school year to middle and high school students and includes and abbreviated version of Policy 227. A copy of the complete policy may be obtained by calling the Education Center.

Drug and alcohol counseling services are available for secondary students though Hamot Mental Health Center and GECAC during the school day. Aftercare programs for students who have been in treatment are also available. If you have any questions about these efforts, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or principal.