D & A Policies

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D & A Policies

D & A Policies

PROCEDURES (in accordance with N.J.S. 18A:40A-12(a) et seq.)

Ø Whenever it shall appear to any teaching staff member, school nurse or other educational personnel…

Ø (that a pupil)…may be under the influence of substances as defined…

Ø …he/she shall report the matter as soon as possible to the school nurse or medical

inspector and to the Principal…

Ø Principal shall immediately notify the parent…and the superintendent

Ø …and shall arrange for an immediate examination…by a doctor selected by the parent…or if that doctor is not immediately available,

Ø …by the medical inspector if available, (or) the pupil shall be taken to the

Corporate Health Center (Capital Health System @Helene Fuld Medical Ctr.)

accompanied by two members of the school staff (including at least one

security guard in a district owned vehicle)

Ø One staff member must remain with the pupil until either a parent/guardian arrives or testing is complete. If the school day has ended when the examination has been completed, the staff member should contact the district dispatcher who shall send a vehicle and driver to the Corporate Health Center to transport the pupil to his/her home and release the pupil to the care of a parent/guardian. If a parent/guardian is still not available to release the student to, the student shall be taken to the Trenton Police Department and custody transferred to the appropriate authority until a parent can assume custody of the child.

Ø Pupil is examined by physician and a written report within 24 hours to the parent and superintendent allowing pupil to return to school pending results of examination.

Ø If it is determined that the (pupil) was under the influence…the pupil shall be interviewed by a substance awareness coordinator (SAC) for determining the extent of involvement.

Ø (SAC) … may conduct a reasonable investigation which may include interviews

with teachers and parents…

Ø If it is determined that use represents a danger to the pupil’s health and well-being… coordinator shall refer the pupil to an appropriate treatment program approved by the Commissioner of Health.”

1. BLOODSHOT OR GLASSY EYES - this is not always a reliable diagnostic tool by itself but along with other symptoms should be taken seriously.

2.SMELL OF ALCOHOL OR MARIJUANA - this could be the smell of recent use or the after-effects of prolonged use.

3. IMPAIRED WALKING/GAIT - unsteady on feet, staggering, loss of balance, tripping, falling, etc.

4. VOMITING - nausea, uncontrolled vomiting, the smell of alcohol in the vomit.

5. SLURRED SPEECH - any change in speech pattern.

6.SLOWED REFLEXES - inability to keep head upright, inability to keep eyes open or stay awake, slow response or inability to respond to requests, altered perceptions.

7. DRY MOUTH - “cotton mouth”, unusual thirst, constant licking of the lips and swallowing.

8. HUNGER - having the “munchies”, asking for food.

9. ANY CHANGE IN VITAL SIGNS - respiration, body temperature, heart rate, etc.
The Educational Rights of Homeless Students

The educational rights of homeless students are protected under the New Jersey State Constitution and Federal Law. All Trenton Public School employees understand that homeless students are entitled to all the rights of students who are not homeless, including:

. Bilingual Education/ESL

. Special Education

. Vocational Educationn

. Gifted and Talented Education

. Extra-Curricular and Non-Academic Activities

. Non-Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation/sexual preference

Who is considered homeless? This question has been clearly answered by state and federal statues. A family or child without a fixed, regular and adequate residence. This means families living in a shelter (welfare hotel, congregate shelter, transitional housing; an institution providing a temporary residence prior to an intended institutionalization; and a place not designed or typically used by people for regular sleeping accommodations.

A student is homeless if s/he:

. Lives with a parent in a domestic violence shelter

. Is a runaway living in a shelter

. Is a mother living in a home for adolescent mothers

. Is sick or abandoned and living in a hospital but would be released if s/he had a permanent residencee

. has been abandoned

. Is the child of a homeless family living with relatives or friends out of necessity

. Is the child of a migrant family which lacks adequate housing

It is important to note that the circumstances under which a family becomes homeless (i.e., eviction) have no bearing on the child's homeless status. When a child becomes homeless, the child's parent or social worker helping the family, immediately contacts the school district where the child is temporarily residing. Every district must have a "homeless liaison". It is important to get the name and telephone number of these person. The district homeless liaison is responsible for ensuring that the child's "district of residence" is determined; ensures that a timely "educational placement" is made in accordance with the child's best interests; and ensures that the homeless child residing in the district is enrolled in and attending school.

In the Trenton Public Schools the Homeless Coordinator is Monique Harvey. She can be reached at

At the school level the school counselor(s) is the contact person.
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