Drug & Alcohol Policy
The full Student Athlete Handbook can be found here.
As an athlete you cannot compromise athletic participation with substance abuse. Students have to decide if they want to be athletes. If you do wish to be an athlete, you must make the commitment to be substance free in order to be a competitor. This commitment will not be easy because of the many social pressures you will face.
Mt. Lebanon School District is committed to the maintenance of an academic environment free from all forms of drug and alcohol abuse. No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, a malt beverage, fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor or unlawfully manufactured, distribute, dispense, possess, or use or be under the influence, except for a valid medical purpose, of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic substance as defined by law, before, during or after school hours at school or in any other school district location. School district location means in any school building or on any school premises, on any school-owned vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities, off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function such as field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district.
A student who violates the terms of this policy may be disciplined, suspended or expelled from school, at the discretion of the School Board in accordance with prescribed school policies, guidelines and regulations applicable to student offenses.
Any student involved in school-related athletics is prohibited from the use of anabolic steroids, except for a valid medical purpose. Body building, muscle enhancement of athletic ability is not a valid medical purpose.
NON-SCHOOL RELATED DRUG AND ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS
The Mt. Lebanon School District recognizes the value of interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities as an integral part of the total school experience for all students and as a conduit for community involvement. The District believes that high standards of conduct and citizenship are essential for students and considers participation in extracurricular/interscholastic activities, which include but are not limited to interscholastic, club and intramural athletics, student organizations, attendance at school functions such as sporting events, dances, musical and theatrical performances, activities office, and particpation in commencement ceremonies (“School Activities”) to be a privilege and not a right. The District recognizes the importance of students making healthy and safe choices, when in a position to make a decision about risky social behaviors. The Mt. Lebanon School District has the right to adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations regarding participation in extracurricular/interscholastic activities.
It is the objective of this policy to extablish fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory rules and regulations regarding off-campus, non-school related conduct for all students and provide the student and his/her parent/guardian with notice that such off-campus, non-school related conduct will be subject to discipline by the School District in the form of restrictions from School Activities.
Students will be restricted from School Activities for a prescribed period of time for any of the following conduct that is confirmed to have occurred off-campus at a non-school related function: Use, possession, sale, distribution, or procurement of any amount of alchohol, drugs, other-controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) or drug paraphernalia or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications). Confirmation of such conduct may originate through information lawfully received by the district from law enforcement or judicial sources, such as notice of the issuance of a citation, through the student’s own admission, or the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) through acknowledgment. This policy is applicable to all School Activities.
This policy is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any School District policies, codes of conduct, student handbooks, or other rules concerning discipline and restriction from School Activities for drug and alcohol offenses occuring on School District property or at school related events. This policy shall not apply to religious events or ceremonies or circumstances where the student’s use, possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs is not in violation of the law.
1. Use, possession, sale, distribution, or procurement of any amount of alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) or drug paraphernalia or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) by a student off-campus at a non-school related function results in a restriction from School Activities for 30 calendar days.
2. The balance of the consequence will be rescinded for the first offense ONLY if the student undergoes a drug and alcohol evaluation by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, which shall not be at the District’s expense.
a. Upon written confirmation that the drug and alcohol evaluation was completed and satisfactory evidence is provided that the student has complied/will comply with all recommendations contained within the evaluation, the student can resume participation in extra-curricular activities and events.
b.Satisfactory evidence from the licensed drug and alcohol counselor must indicate that the student has complied with and/or made arrangements to comply with all treatment recommendations resulting from the assessment (i.e., counseling sessions, inpatient treatment, etc.)
3. Prior to rescinding the restriction from school activities, the student will need to complete a minimum 3 hour community service project as determined by the coach/club sponsor (if applicable) and the Principal, or his/her designee
1. Use, possession, sale, distribution, or procurement of any amount of alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) or drug paraphernalia or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) by a student off-campus at a non-school related function results in a restriction from School Ativities for 30 calendar days.
1. Use, possession, sale, distribution, or procurement of any amount of alcohol, drugs, other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) or drug paraphernalia or being under the influcence of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances (other than legally prescribed medications) by a student off-campus at a non-school related function results in a restriction from school activites for 60 calendar days excluding sumer break.
1. Timely, factual communication between the sponsors (where applicable) and school administrationis critical. if a coach, club sponsor, activites/athletic director, or administator will inform other involved parties (unit principal, athletic/activities director, coach, club sponsor).
2. The Principal or his/her designee will schedule a meeting with the parents(s)/guardian(s) and student to discuss the consequence(s) as it relates to the offense and afford the appropriate due process as reasonable determined by the Principal or his/her designee.
It shall be the responsibility of the Administration to communicate and enforce the policy as prescribed.
This policy shall be communicated to:
1. All Mt. Lebanon School District Parents and Students
2. All District Staff
Refer to the Mt. Lebanon High School Parent and Student Handbook Appendix B for more specific information.