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School Discipline

Alternatives to Zero Tolerance: Best Practice Summary

  • Zero tolerance school policies refer to disciplinary policies which include predetermined consequences such as expulsions, suspensions, and referrals to law enforcement for specific violations of a school’s Code of Conduct.  This brief Alternatives to Zero Tolerance: Best Practice Summary report highlights several evidence-based, supportive disciplinary methods that serve as alternatives to suspensions and expulsions as well as recommendations on ways to help decrease Colorado’s disciplinary gaps based on gender, race, and discipline.

School Emergency Management

  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center -  This website provides webinars and resources to enhance emergency operation plans
  • REMS Guide for Developing School Emergency Operations Plans
  • FEMA Courses - Each participant of the district/school safety team is encouraged to have taken FEMA online courses and have certificates of proof as a prerequisite. Safety team leader are asked to complete FEMA course 100, 362, and 700 prior to the trainings. Other safety team members are asked to complete FEMA course 100 prior to the trainings. It is encouraged all participants of each safety team complete all courses as they are great tools. It is estimated that the time commitment will be up to 3 hours. The courses range from an hour to three hours depending on experience level with the subject matter. These courses are free of charge and participants are able to complete them at their own pace.
  • Building Blocks to School Safety (PDF) - A toolkit for schools and districts.

Substance Abuse-Marijuana

Following a 9-year low of 3,779 drug-related disciplined incidents during the 2008-09 school year, Colorado K-12 public schools experienced a sudden 10-year high of 5,048 disciplined incidents during the 2009-10 school year. The upward trend continued with the total of 5,519 during the 2010-11 school year. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years saw only slight decreases.

Annual school-by-school reports to the Colorado Department of Education define drug violations of the Code of Conduct as “Use, possession, or sale of drugs or controlled substances on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school activities or sanctioned events.”

The Colorado Department of Education has collected K-12 public school drug-related disciplined incidents since the 2000-2001 school year. A 12-year trend can be viewed at: Drug-Related Suspensions and Expulsions

The following resources may be helpful to educate school staff, students, parents, and the broader public about the dangers of substance abuse. Information includes how using drugs may impede learning and undermine student achievement.

Understand the Big Deal: How Marijuana Harms Youth

Fact Sheet – two pages, 8 ½” x 11”

Brochure – four pages, folded 11” x 17” (can print two 8 ½” x 11” pages front and back)

  • Includes information regarding how marijuana affects the growing adolescent brain, behaviors of which marijuana is a risk factor, the rise in THC levels and why it’s addictive, how marijuana undermines student learning, what contributes to marijuana use, how to help prevent drug use and dependence in children (general), and warning signs of a worsening problem.

 The Effects of Marijuana on the Teen Brain

  • Includes presenter notes that further explain charts and graphs, data, and negative consequences of youth use of marijuana.

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