Skip to main content

Substance Abuse

Suspension of Extra-Curricular Privileges

Students may be removed, at the discretion of the principal, from any part or all of extra-curricular privileges for time periods up to one (1) full calendar year.   A grievance procedure is available under the provisions of the Student Behavior Handbook (www.aps.edu).

Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege offered to and earned by students.  

Because participants are serving as representatives of their school and community, their conduct is expected to exemplify high standards at all times.  

Participants are expected to adhere to higher standards of academics and conduct than established for the general school population in order to maintain their extra-curricular privileges.  

Participation in extra-curricular activities is not a student right, and suspension of such hearing procedure.

Extra-curricular activities may include but not be limited to attendance/participation in school activities such as athletic events, open campus, dances, clubs, student government, and other privileged events (including commencement exercises), as determined by a site administrator.

Extra-Curricular Substance Abuse & Tobacco Policy

Extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the educational process, providing students with opportunities to further develop their unique capabilities, interests and needs beyond the classroom.  Participation in extra-curricular activities is a PRIVILEGE offered to and earned by students.  Because participants are representatives of their school and community, their conduct is expected to exemplify high standards at all times.  The Extra-Curricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy is in effect twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at all times/locations from the first day of fall sports practices to the end of the school year.

The definition of alcohol and controlled/illegal substance possession is extended to include circumstances where substances covered under the policy are proximal and available (i.e. parties, gatherings, etc.). 

Criteria for application of sanctions would include, but not be limited to:

  • Any Minor in Possession (MIP) or Offense by a Minor Citation
  • Written documentation from legitimate law enforcement/school/security reports
  • Personal acknowledgment by the student in question and/or their guardian
  •  The following apply to a Suspension of Extra-Curricular Privileges:
  • The suspension applies to all NMAA sanctioned athletic and non-athletic activities.
  • Students will not be withdrawn from classes co-curricular with activities.
  • A student serving a suspension cannot participate in a “try-out” or be participating in elections during that suspension.
  • Suspensions can carry over from one school year to the next for underclassmen.
  • Participation in summer programs for students on suspension will be interpreted in the same way as scholastic eligibility for athletics in the summer (i.e., students may participate in on-campus/intramural activities only).

Sale or Distribution of Controlled/Illegal Substances

Student is ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities for the remainder of the academic year or longer under special circumstances.

Senior students who receive consequences under this policy during the last quarter of the school year may receive community service, to be served prior to participation in privileged events such as commencement exercises.  The site administrator will assign community service.

  If a student is in violation of this policy at a time in which the handbook is in force (see Section I), other disciplinary consequences may apply.  This may include suspension of extra-curricular activities, including but not limited to attendance/participation in school activities such as athletic events, open campus, dances, clubs, and other privileged events (including commencement exercises), as determined by a site administrator. 

Participation in extra-curricular activities is NOT a student right, and suspension of such privilege does not require a due process hearing.  A grievance procedure is available under the provisions of the APS handbook.

Use and/or Possession of Controlled/Illegal Substances & Tobacco Products

FIRST OFFENSE – Student’s loss of all extra-curricular privileges and eligibility (including practice and competition) for 45 school days (not including summer school) from the date determined by a site administrator.  Students will be required to complete the Parent Involvement Program or other appropriate intervention program approved by the site administrator.

SECOND OFFENSE – Student is ineligible to participate in extra- curricular activities for the remainder of the academic year or longer under special circumstances.