Both students and employees would face tough disciplinary measures under proposed drug abuse policies in Jordan District.

A student policy has been in effect since 1986, said Susan Chilton, the district's substance abuse specialist. Alterations in that policy would create even tougher rules.The board also was asked to study proposals that would bring the district into conformity with requirements of the government's drug-free workplace act. Any agency that receives federal funds must have such a policy, said Dr. Ralph J. Haws. The proposed Jordan policy has been correlated to the federal guidelines, he said.

Under terms of the policy, district employees could suffer penalties ranging from temporary suspension to firing if illegal substance use impaired their ability to do their jobs properly. Existing district due process provisions were incorporated into the drug policy to protect employee rights, Haws said.

The policy encourages intervention and treatment for employees troubled by substance abuse but would require that they pay any costs involved.

Additions to the student policy would subject students to disciplinary actions for "resorting" - being with other students who are using illegal substances - even if they are not using them themselves. Repeat offenses would be considered, even if they occurred in another year.

Student officers and others to whom students look for examples could face discipline if they were found to be using illegal substances anywhere, including off school property.

Chilton said this provision was believed necessary because of an incident involving school officers who, as a group, left a school event and went to a private home for a drinking party.

"We've been giving kids too many chances. We've been enabling them to violate our policies," she told school board members, who will act on the two proposals in a future meeting.