Can using alcohol or illegal drugs affect my ability to participate in sports and other school activities?

South Dakota law states that “Any person adjudicated, convicted, or the subject of a suspended imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances or marijuana as defined in South Dakota Law chapters 22-42, is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity in any secondary school accredited by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs for one year. Upon a subsequent adjudication, conviction, or suspended imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances or marijuana by a court of competent jurisdiction, that person is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity while that person is attending any school accredited by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs.”

It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor. However, administering or allowing others to use your prescription is considered a violation.
During the school year and the season of practice, play, or rehearsal, regardless of the quantity, a student shall not use a beverage containing alcohol, or use or possess tobacco.

For more information, please contact your high school principal or the Drug-Free Schools Office.

In addition, according to South Dakota law (26-11-5.1), law enforcement must give a notice to school officials and parent or guardian regarding any violation where a student is suspected of violating state drug or alcohol laws.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a law enforcement agency may provide notice to public or nonpublic school officials and parent or guardian of any incident occurring within the agency’s jurisdiction in which the agency has probable cause to believe a school student has violated any provision of state law involving alcohol or illegal drugs. However, if there is a prolonged criminal investigation and revealing information would jeopardize a successful conclusion to the case, the law enforcement agency may provide the notice at some later appropriate time. The notice shall be in writing.