Tustin Softens Drug-Use Policy 

Tustin Softens Drug-Use Policy 
Posted by FoM on March 14, 2000 at 05:48:21 PT
By Jill Leach
Source: Orange County Register 
The Tustin school board Monday voted to soften its zero-tolerance policy.In the new policy, students who drink alcohol or use drugs will not automatically be sent to another school in the district. The principal and the Student Placement Review Committee can agree to allow students to stay at their home school.
In a 3-2 vote, trustees adopted revised student-conduct policies that include infractions of the drug and alcohol rule.The new policy also shortens the time of a transfer to about one semester for high school students. The exact length will be timed so that students can return to their home school at the beginning of the next semester.Unlike in the previous policy, students will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.Trustees Jon Abelove and Tammie Bullard cast the dissenting votes."This policy is worded very well," said parent Tom Eldridge. "I hope you'll adopt it."An interim zero-tolerance policy was put into place last October after eight Foothill High School student council members admitted to drinking alcohol at a leadership camp in Santa Barbara.After a series of appeals, the school board cited "extreme circumstances" and allowed them to remain at their home school but took away their titles and leadership positions.Several months earlier, board members enforced the policy when several Foothill athletes were involuntarily transferred to other schools for allegedly smoking marijuana at lunch.Published: March 14, 2000Copyright 1999 The Orange County RegisterPlease send comments to ocregister link.freedom.comRelated Articles:Trustees Ease Zero Tolerance Tolerance Meaning Unclear
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