TOBACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG POLICY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS
Statement of Philosophy
The Board of Education, administrators, athletic department and activity advisors
of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools consider participation in extracurricular
activities and interscholastic athletics to be a privilege, not a right. Students
are VOLUNTEERING to participate in these programs and are expected to accept the
responsibilities granted them by this privilege.
As representatives of our school district, students involved in extracurricular
activities and interscholastic athletics are scrutinized by the public, become
role models for young children and peers, and are ambassadors to our community.
In choosing to accept this role, participants also choose the responsibilities
of living a tobacco, alcohol and drug free lifestyle. Although this policy outlines
the expectations and consequences required of students choosing to participate
in extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletics, the parent(s) or
guardian(s) retain the ultimate responsibility of promoting healthy lifestyle
choices for their children and are encouraged to work cooperatively with school
officials to support these ideals throughout the child’s entire educational experience
in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools.
In keeping with the philosophy of education, the Board of Education, administrators,
athletic department and activity advisors of Brecksville-Broadview Heights City
School District view tobacco, alcohol and drug use not only as a violation of
the law, but as a problematic behavior which has an adverse effect on individuals
and the programs in which they are involved. It is the intent, therefore, to
support a disciplinary program that encourages students to recognize and deal
with the causes for their use through contact with the appropriate agency (CAPA,
private counselors, treatment facilities, etc.) rather than being strictly punitive
This policy will be in effect during the entire calendar year, inclusive of all
training, conditioning, practices, or other school related/sponsored activities,
and the policy remains in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7—365 days).
Tobacco and Tobacco Products, Alcohol and Drugs Possession and/or Use of Tobacco and Tobacco Products, Alcohol or Drugs
In accordance with the rules of Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District,
except for supervised medications prescribed by a physician, a student under the
influence, using, possessing, buying or receiving tobacco in any form (cigarettes,
cigars, snuff, dip, chewing tobacco, clove cigarettes, etc.), drugs (narcotics,
hallucinogenics, intoxicants, counterfeits, look-alikes, designers), anabolic
steroids, controlled substances and alcohol at any time and at any place is in
violation of the code and, if apprehended by school or appropriate law enforcement
personnel, is subject to the following consequences:
First Violation - The first-time offender will be denied participation in all extracurricular
and/or athletic programs for one full calendar year from the date of violation.
If the student agrees to schedule himself/herself into and complete the first
available school Insight Program, the term of denial will be up to 20% of the
activity time for extracurriculars or up to 20% of scheduled competition time
for athletes in any sport in which the students participate. Upon completion
of the program, the student must be willing to follow the recommendations provided.
If no school Insight Program or Tobacco Education Group approved by the advisor/athletic
department and school administrator is presently available, the student's parents
may choose, at their own expense, to enroll the student in an outside school-approved
program. Completion of the program is mandatory.
For a student involved in extracurricular activities, up to 20% of the activity
time is imposed from the time the advisor has notified the student of probation.
If the offense occurs late in the school year, the denial to participate may,
if necessary, be carried over into the next school year's extracurricular participation.
The term of denied participation is determined by the building administrator and
For athletes, a full season is defined as including all the contests scheduled
for a specific sport. Should the offense occur in mid-season, the denial to participate
may, if necessary, be carried over into the next seasonal sport that the athlete
participates in. The number of contests to be missed will be determined by the
athletic director, building administrator and athlete's coach.
Second Violation - A second offense during the student's high school career will result in denial
of participation in all extracurricular and/or athletic programs for one full
calendar year from the date of violation. The second-time offender may reduce
that denial to participate to one-half of the school year for extracurriculars
or to one full season for athletes after completing a professional assessment
and complying with the recommendations made by the assessing agency .The assessing
agency must be chosen by agreement between the parents of the student and the
school administration with assistance from the CAPA Coordinator.
Violations Beyond a Second Offense - Additional violations of the alcohol/drug policy past the stipulated number
of incidents will result in permanent denial to participate in any extracurricular
and/or athletic programs until the offender has successfully completed a treatment
program which is acceptable to the building administration and the CAPA Coordinator.
The student shall be denied participation for a minimum of one calendar year from
the date of violation and must apply for reinstatement in the extracurricular
and/or athletic program after completing the treatment program.
Sale and/or Distribution - Students in violation of selling or distributing alcohol and/or drugs will
be dealt with according to the Code of Student Conduct and shall be denied future
participation in any extracurricular or athletic program.
Self-Referral by Students - Students may take advantage of a self-referral procedure to seek information,
guidance, counseling and/or assessment in regard to his/her use of alcohol and/or
drugs. First time voluntary referrals DO NOT carry any punitive consequences.
1. Students are allowed one (1) voluntary referral during their high school
2. Self-referrals can be made by the student or by his/her immediate family.
3. Self-referral cannot be used as a method to avoid consequences once a rule
of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District's extracurricular and
interscholastic athletic policy is violated and a student has been identified
as having violated that rule.
4. Students must make self-referrals to an advisor, coach, athletic director,
teacher, administrator, guidance counselor or the district CAPA Coordinator.
5. Self-referrals will lead to placement and completion in the schools' Insight
Program and/or referral to an approved assessing agency.
6. Those referrals to an assessing agency will remain confidential; however,
proper release of information forms must be on file with the designated trained
chemical dependency personnel.
Disciplinary/Due Process Explanation and Procedures
1. Participation in practice for students in violation may be allowed at the discretion of the athletic director, athlete's coach, activity
advisor, and building administrator. However, the student may not dress/participate
with the team for contests/performances.
2. All students must complete the Insight Program or Tobacco Education Group
by the end of the school year. Non-compliance will result in underclassmen (freshman,
sophomore and junior) being ineligible for further participation in extracurricular
or athletics until the Insight Program or Tobacco Education Group has been completed.
Seniors non-compliant will not be eligible to receive awards and/or recognition
for the activity they participated in or the sport they played.
3. At no time is Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District responsible
to incur fees for chemical dependency assessment/treatment/counseling. Financial
responsibility for these recommendations must be incurred by the parent and/or
4. Notification Process: The principal, assistant principal, organization
advisor or the athlete director will submit immediate written notification to
the parent/guardian and student of disciplinary action.
5. Situations not covered in this policy will be reviewed by the extracurricular
advisor, athletic department and the administration with a final decision being
made by the building principal.
6. In certain circumstances, advisors of activities, clubs, and organizations
may wish to hold an appeals hearing with the building administrator and CAPA Office
Coordinator in regard to a student's continued involvement.
7. Students apprehended by law enforcement agencies for use of illegal substances
(i.e., tobacco and tobacco products, alcohol or other drugs) are referred to the
CAPA office year round and must participate in the Insight Program.
[Adoption Date: September 26, 1994]
[Reviewed Date: July 23, 2001]
[Revision Date: May 24, 2004 to be effective with the 2004-05 school year]