Information will be kept confidential unless someone is under the influence of a mind altering chemical during the meeting, or if the person is suspected of being a threat to themselves or someone else.
You can pick up information from your school's Intervention Specialist or look at the link from our website for "Signs and Symptoms of Drug." The Intervention Specialist is trained to administer the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) which is a paper/pencil questionnaire that helps determine whether substance abuse or dependency may be present. This questionnaire is recognized by the legal system as an accurate assessment tool. Contact your Intervention Specialist or go to our website for a permission form.
No, AISD does not do drug testing. A list of referral sources for drug testing may be found in the "Helpful Documents" section of the main page of this website. Look for "Drug Counseling Resources."
The Intervention Specialists are not able to recommend a specific person or agency; however, a list of "Drug Counseling Resources" is available in the "Outside Resources" section. It is important to call the ones of interest to you and check to make sure they will meet the needs of your family. You may also check with your family physician and insurance carrier.
Any information shared with the Intervention Specialists will be kept confidential unless the information has to do with the physical safety of the student or other individuals. Some examples of situations when confidentiality may be affected are: suspected child abuse, possession of illegal substances, possession of weapons, threats of violence, or threats of suicide.
Our overall goal is, in the very short term, to help the student and to determine the severity of the impairment and imminent danger. It is always in the best interest of the student to be helped to disclose, fully, their situation to the parent.
The information does not go into the student's permanent file. It is sent to the AISD records storage facility at the end of the school year, and stored for seven years, after which it is shredded. The Intervention Specialist is the only one having access to these records once in storage. The file may be subpoenaed in the possibility of a court case.
Intervention specialists are not always available at each school they serve; that availability is a critical issue for students with suicidal thoughts. A school counselor or administrator should be contacted instead, as they are able to provide closer follow-up with the student if needed. The District Intervention Program does focus on student assistance with alcohol and substance abuse issues.
If the concern regards behavior not noted in school or by school personnel, the contact remains at the student/parent level. Our primary goal is to assess the situation with talking to the student and the parent to determine what, if any, steps should be taken to help the situation improve. This might include discussion of possible referral sources etc.
No, we do not provide treatment. We will work with a student and family, though, to find appropriate treatment.
Students are told that if we are confronted with direct evidence of the student breaking any rules regarding the alcohol/drug school policy (under the influence, possession etc.), We must report the offense as would any employee.
No, the AISD Extracurricular Activity Agreement is set for the student to attend six sessions for six consecutive weeks before the student can resume their activities. The sessions are not a part of the discipline plan, but an opportunity to allow the student to return to extracurricular activities sooner than the AISD Student Code of Conduct states.
They may be contacted by phone or e-mail address. This information is listed on their web pages. Please be patient, as each works with multiple schools and it may take some time for them to reply.