Welcome to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Information Page!
The Safe and Drug-Free Schools program is designed to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools; that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; that involve parents and communities; and that are coordinated with related federal, state, school and community efforts and resources to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement.
HB199 (2009) requires each local board of education to adopt a comprehensive school safety plan for each school under the authority of the board. The plan must include a protocol and procedures for addressing serious threats to the safety of school property, students, employees, or administrators and for responding to any emergency events that compromise the safety of school property, students, and employees.
Weapons: The State Board of Education's Resolution on Adopting Policy on Safe and Drug-free Schools (1995) directs all local boards to develop and enforce policies that address weapons in order to protect all students and school employees under their jurisdiction. Code 16-1-24.1 states that the State Board of Education shall adopt and all local boards of education shall uniformly enforce policies that protect all students and school employees. The State Board of Education shall require local school systems to modify their policies, practices or procedures so as to ensure a safe school environment free of illegal drugs, alcohol, or weapons. A link to the Satsuma Board of Education policy on Safe and Secure Schools can be found here. A link to the Satsuma Board of Education policy on Deadly Weapons can be found here.
Code 16-1-24.3 (1995) instructs local boards of education to develop and implement policies and procedures requiring the expulsion of students who have brought or possess a firearm in a school building, on school grounds, on school buses, or at other school-sponsored functions for a period of one year. This statute also requires the principal to notify appropriate law enforcement authority when such action has taken place, as well as the parents of students who violate the firearms-free school environment policy. A link to the Satsuma Board of Education policy on Expulsion can be found here.
Drugs and Alcohol: Code 16-1-24.1 requires the State Board of Education and all local boards of education to adopt and enforce policies, practices or procedures that ensure a safe school environment free of illegal drugs, alcohol, or weapons. A link to the Satsuma Board of Education policy on Alcohol and Illegal Drugs at System Activities can be found here. A copy of the link to the Satsuma Board of Education policy on Use of Canine Law Enforcement can be found here.
Collaboration with Law Enforcement: Code 16-1-24.1 requires the principal to notify appropriate law enforcement officials when any person violates policies concerning drugs, alcohol, weapons, physical harm to a person, or threatened physical harm to a person. Code 16-1-24.3 also requires school principals to notify appropriate law enforcement authority when there is a violation of the prohibition of firearms being brought to or possessed by students at schools. HB199 (2009) requires each local board to grant access to schools outside of student instructional hours to law enforcement and fire department personnel to enable them to prepare for responding to threats and emergency events affecting the school. A copy of the Satsuma Board of Education policy on Interrogations & Unannounced Visits by Law Enforcement can be found here.
ALABAMA'S SAFE SCHOOLS HOTLINE 1-888-SAV-KIDS (888-728-5437)
In late April of 1999, the State of Alabama implemented a statewide school safety hotline, 1-888-SAV-KIDS. This statewide hotline is operated by the Alabama Department of Public Safety's Missing and Exploited Children's Unit. By calling this toll-free hotline, Alabama's students, parents, and concerned citizens may report their school safety-related information and concerns on an anonymous basis 24-hours a day.