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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 16 : Education

Chapter 025 : Attendance and Discipline

Subchapter 004 : Effective Discipline Measures

(Cite as: 16 V.S.A. § 1165)
  • § 1165. Alcohol and drug abuse

    (a) The State Board, in consultation with local school boards, the alcohol and drug division, the law enforcement authorities, and the juvenile court system shall formulate a general policy for the education, discipline, and referral for rehabilitation of students who are involved with alcohol or drug abuse on school property or at school functions.

    (b) The State Board shall adopt rules for all school districts that include standards consistent with due process of law for discipline, suspension, or dismissal of students and recommended procedures for education and for referral for treatment and rehabilitation.

    (c) Each school district shall adopt its own policy consistent with the State Board’s rules setting forth recommended procedures for education; referral for treatment, counseling, and rehabilitation; and standards consistent with due process of law for discipline, suspension, or dismissal of students in accordance with section 1162 of this title. Nothing in this section is intended to mandate local school districts to employ counselors for treatment or rehabilitation.

    (d) [Repealed.]

    (e) No municipality, school district, or officer or employee of the school district shall be liable for civil damages in connection with the implementation of the purposes of this section so long as they have acted in good faith and not knowingly in violation of the constitutional or civil rights of any person.

    (f), (g) [Repealed.] (Added 1979, No. 62, § 1, eff. April 27, 1979; amended 1983, No. 51, § 4, eff. April 22, 1983; 2003, No. 107 (Adj. Sess.), § 21; 2007, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 125, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)