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SoWashCo Schools are a chemical free environment. Possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or alcohol, is prohibited at school or in any other school location or during school-sponsored events before, during, or after school hours. The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against anyone who violates this policy. 

Chemicals include, but is not limited to:

  • Alcohol, including any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor.

  •  Tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, cheroots, stogies, perique, granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other smoking tobacco, snuff, snuff flour, cavendish, plug and twist tobacco, fine cut and other chewing tobacco, shorts, refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings to tobacco, and other kinds and forms of tobacco, prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing or smoking in a pipe or other tobacco-related devices.

  • Electronic smoking devices such as vapes and pens, vape juice, THC oils, wax, and liquid.

  • Controlled substances including, narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis (marijuana), anabolic steroids, or any other controlled substance as defined in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances (including prescription drugs such as Adderall)  Act, 21 U.S.C. 812, including analogues and "look alike"/simulated drugs.

  • Medical cannabis, nonintoxicating cannabinoids, (including edible cannabinoid products).

    • “Edible cannabinoid product” means any product that is intended to be eaten or consumed as a beverage by humans, contains a cannabinoid in combination with food ingredients and is not a drug.

    • “Nonintoxicating cannabinoid” means substances extracted from certified hemp plants that do not produce intoxicating effects when consumed by injection, inhalation, ingestion, or by any other immediate means

    • “Medical cannabis” means any species of the genus cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them, including whole plant extracts and resins, and is delivered in the form of: (1) liquid, including, but not limited to, oil; (2) pill; (3) vaporized delivery method with use of liquid or oil but which does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form; (4) combustion with use of dried raw cannabis; or (5) any other method approved by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health (“Commissioner”).

  • Toxic substances including (1) glue, cement, aerosol paint, containing toluene, benzene, xylene, amyl nitrate, butyl nitrate, nitrous oxide or containing other aromatic hydrocarbon solvents, but does not include glue, cement, or paint contained in a packaged kit for the construction of a model automobile, airplane, or similar item; (2) butane or a butane lighter; or (3) any similar substance declared to be toxic to the central nervous system and to have a potential for abuse, by a rule adopted by the Commissioner.


Policy 418 Drug Free Workplace Drug Free School

Policy 502 Search of Student Lockers Desks Personal Possessions and Student's Person

Policy 506 Student Discipline

Policy 507.1 Chemical Use Abuse



The progressive discipline procedures below are designed to improve and prevent a recurrence of the behavior. Administrators reserve the right to combine or skip steps depending on the facts of each situation.

Grades K-12

Parent/legal guardian contact; Police referral; in/out of school suspension; alcohol/ drug use evaluation/ assessment; Possible expulsion/exclusion
Athletics and Activities Eligibility in school sponsored activities may be jeopardized. 
For more information see an administrator or activities/athletic directors or visit the MSHSL Eligibility Brochure


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