Ballot Question 4 & Schools

December 22, 2016 1:00 pm

With the passage of Ballot Question 4, the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, some may wonder how this impacts schools? The short answer is, not at all…nothing in our policies or procedures is impacted by this change. To begin with, the law applies only to adults 21 years or older and just like the legal drinking age, our high school population is under that age requirement. Secondly, regardless of any laws, schools set rules of conduct based on what is best for an environment conducive to learning. If a student were to come to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol they would clearly not be in the proper mindset for learning. Any student that comes to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol would face a suspension from school just as they always have. I don’t expect to see an increase in issues with regards to student marijuana use and school, but it is possible that a more relaxed atmosphere around the use of marijuana by adults could lead to a more relaxed view by students. I hope this is not the case and I just want to make it perfectly clear to students and families that there will certainly not be any lowering of our expectations for students with regards to this issue. You can contact me with any questions or concerns you may have, but the complete details of our rules and policies can be found in the Student and Family Handbook.