DRUG TESTING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
A STATEMENT OF NEED AND PURPOSE
A program of deterrence will be instituted as a pro-active approach to a drug free school. Through driving or participation in extra-curricular activities, students using illegal drugs pose a threat to their own health and safety, as well as to that of other students. The purpose of this program is three fold: (1) to provide for the health and safety of students; (2) to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use illegal drugs; and (3) to encourage students who use drugs to participate in drug treatment programs. Students involved in extracurricular activities need to be exemplary in the eyes of the community and other students. It is further the purpose of this program to prevent students from driving to and from school or participating in extracurricular activities while he/she has drug residue in his/her body, and it is the purpose of this program to educate, help, and direct students away from drug and alcohol abuse and toward a healthy and drug free lifestyle. The program is designed to create a safe, drug free, environment for students and assist them in getting help when needed. No student shall be expelled or suspended from school as result of any verified "positive" test conducted by his/her school under this program other than stated therein.
The effective date of this program is January 3, 2006, with revisions made on August 11, 2011; May 16, 2012, and December 19, 2013. This program does not affect the current policies, practices, or rights of Southwest School Corporation with tobacco and/or drug and/or alcohol possession or use, where reasonable suspicion is obtained by means other than drug testing through this policy. Southwest School Corporation reserves the right to test any student who at any time exhibits cause for reasonable suspicion of tobacco and/or drug and/or alcohol usage.
Southwest School Corporation has a strong commitment to the health, safety and welfare of its students. Our commitment to maintaining the extracurricular activities in Southwest School Corporation as a safe and secure educational environment requires a clear policy and supportive programs relating to detection, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse by students involved in extracurricular activities.
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege. This policy applies to all Southwest School Corporation students in grades 7-12 who wish to participate in extracurricular activities that are listed below:
A. Athletics. (Participants include, but are not limited to, athletes, cheerleaders, Managers, and other athletic student personnel.)
B. Music. (Participants include, but are not limited to, performing band members, Performing choir members, and participants in solo/ensemble contests.
C. Academic Teams
F. National Honor Society
G. Student Government
H. All other approved Southwest School Corporation clubs and extra-curricular activities.
This policy also applies to any student who wishes to drive to school, from school, or during school.
At the beginning of each selection date, school year or sport season, as determined by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, or when a student moves into the District and joins an activity, all students wishing to participate in that season’s sports may be subject to urine testing for illicit or banned substances. Up to ten percent (10%) of eligible students will be randomly tested up to a weekly basis anytime during the school year. Any student who refuses to submit to urine drug testing will not be allowed to practice or participate in designated extracurricular Southwest School activities or drive.
The Southwest School Corporation Drug Testing and Education Policy is part of the Student Handbook and is approved by the Board of School Trustees. Indiana State Law requires that we ask you to acknowledge in writing that you have a reviewed a copy of the Student Handbook which contains school policies. By allowing a student to attend a Southwest School Corporation School, the parent consents to all school policies contained in the Student Handbook. Failure to sign or return a form does not affect the student’s responsibility to act in accordance with policies outlined in the handbook.
NON-PUNITIVE NATURE OF POLICY
No student will be penalized academically for testing positive for illegal drugs or banned substances. The results of drug tests pursuant to this policy will not be documented in any student’s academic records. Information regarding the results of drug tests may not be disclosed to criminal or juvenile authorities absent legal compulsion by valid and binding subpoena or other legal process, which the Southwest School Corporation Board of Education will not solicit. In the event of service of any such subpoena or legal process, the student and the student’s custodial parent, legal guardian, or custodian will be notified at least seventy-two (72) hours before response is made by the Southwest School Corporation Board of Education, to the extent permitted by such subpoena or legal process.
For the purpose of this Policy, the following substances or their metabolites that can be tested for are considered illicit or banned for Southwest School Corporation students.
Other Specified Drugs
A. Midwest Toxicology Services will do the selection of participants to be tested randomly, and selections will be made from time to time throughout the school year. Names will be drawn from two pools of those eligible to be tested. The first pool will include students in grades 7 and 8. The second pool will include students in grades 9 thorough 12. Testing may occur on a different day, Monday through Saturday. This variable schedule will keep students conscious of the possibility of being tested at any time during the year. Midwest Toxicology Services will use a system to assure that students are selected in a random fashion. This system will utilize a computer-based system designed specifically for the purpose of randomly selecting individuals for drug testing.
B. If the student shows signs of tobacco and/or alcohol and/or drug use that provides reasonable suspicion to search a student, the principal/designee may call the student’s parent/guardian to notify that the student will be tested. Also, a parent/guardian may request that his/her student's name be placed in the pool.
C. No student will be given advance notice or early warning of the testing. In addition, a strict chain of custody will be enforced to eliminate invalid tests or outside influences.
D. Upon being selected for a urinalysis test under this policy, either by random draw, reasonable suspicion, request of a parent/guardian, or a "follow-up" test, a student will be required to provide a sample of "fresh" urine according to the quality control standards and policy of the laboratory conducting the urinalysis.
E. All students will be given a maximum of two hours to produce a specimen. If unable to produce a specimen, the student will be given up to 12 ounces of fluid. If still unable to produce a specimen within two hours, an oral swab test will be administered. If the oral swab test indicates a positive test, the student will be required to produce a urine sample for testing. In addition, the parents/guardian will be telephoned and informed the student has had a positive oral swab test.
F. All specimens registering below 90.5 degrees or above 99.8 degrees Fahrenheit will be invalid. There is a heat strip on each of the specimen bottles indicating the validity of the urine specimen by temperature. If this occurs, the student must give another specimen.
G. If it is proven that tampering or cheating has occurred during the collection, the student will become ineligible for all the "extracurricular activities" for the remainder of the school year. This will be reported to the parent/guardian.
H. Immediately after the specimen is taken, the student may return to class with an admit slip or pass with the time he/she left the collection site. The principal/designee must time and sign the pass.
I. The specimens will then be turned over to the testing laboratory, and each specimen will be tested for alcohol, and "street drugs" (which may include all drugs listed as controlled substances under the laws of the state of Indiana). Also nicotine and "performance enhancing" drugs such as steroids may be tested.
J. The laboratory selected must follow the standards set by the Department of Health and Human Services. It must be certified under the auspices of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
COLLECTION OF SPECIMENS, CHAIN OF CUSTODY
The Superintendent will establish guidelines to set up the collection environment, guarantee the validity of specimens, and supervise the chain of custody.
A. This program seeks to provide needed help for students who have a verified "positive" test. The student’s and other students' health, welfare, and safety will be the reason for preventing students from participation in extracurricular activities and restrict him/her from driving to or from school.
B. The principal/designee will be notified of a student testing "positive" (that is, if the test shows that drug residues are in the student’s system after using at least two different types of analyses). The principal/designee will notify the student and his/her parent/guardian following guidelines for notification established by the Superintendent. The student or his/her parent/guardian may submit any documented prescription, explanation, or information that will be considered in determining whether a "positive" test has been satisfactorily explained.
C. If the test is verified "positive", the principal/designee will meet with the student and his/her parent/guardian at a school corporation facility. The student and parent/guardian will be given the names of counseling and assistance agencies that the family may want to contact for help.
A student who tests positive will be subject to the disciplinary consequences outlined in the Administrative Guidelines of this Policy and the Southwest School Corporation Extra-Curricular Activity Substance Abuse Disciplinary Policy in the Student Handbook.
A "follow up" test will be performed by the principal/designee after the suspension period and after such an interval of time that the substance previously found would normally have been eliminated from the body. If this "follow up" test is negative, the student will be allowed to resume extracurricular activities and/or driving. If a second "positive" result is obtained from the "follow up" tests, or any later test of that participant, the same previous procedure shall be followed. In addition, the Southwest School Corporation reserves the right to, at any time during the remaining school year, test any participating student who previously tested "positive".
A. Information on a verified "positive" test result may be shared with a student’s coach, sponsor, principal, or other designated school official. The results of "negative" tests will be kept confidential to protect the identity of all students being tested.
B. Drug testing results sheets will be returned to the principal/designee that identifies students by number and not by name. Names of students tested will not be kept in open files or on any computer. Result sheets will be secured in a location that only the principal/designee has access to.
STATISTICAL REPORTING AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF DRUG TEST RESULTS
The testing laboratory may not release any statistics on the rate of positive drug tests to any person, organization, news publication or media without expressed written consent of the Southwest School Corporation Board of Education. However, the lab will provide the Building Principal with a quarterly report showing the number of tests performed, rate of positive and negative tests, and what substances were found in the positive urine specimens.
Under this drug testing program, any staff, coach, or sponsor of Southwest School Corporation who may have knowledge of the results of a drug test will not divulge to anyone the results of the test of the disposition of the student involved, other than in the case of a legal subpoena being made upon that person in the course of a legal investigation. This will underscore the Southwest School Corporation’s commitment to confidentiality with regards to the program.
A. Under this policy, Southwest School Corporation will pay for all random drug tests, all reasonable suspicion drug tests, and all "follow up" drug tests.
B. A request on appeal for another test of a "positive" urine specimen is the financial responsibility of the student or his/her parent/guardian.
C. Counseling and subsequent treatment by non-school agencies is the financial responsibility of the student or his/her parent/guardian.
CERTIFYING SCIENTIST RESPONSIBILITIES
The Certifying Scientist will review all results of urine drug testing. Any urine specimen testing positive for illicit or banned substances will be handled in the following manner:
A. The Certifying Scientist determines if any discrepancies have occurred in the Chain of Custody.
B. Depending on the substances found in the urine, if necessary the principal /designee will contact the parent/guardian to determine if the student is on any prescribed medication from a physician.
C. If the student is on medication, the parent/guardian will be asked to obtain a letter from the prescribing physician, within five (5) working days, to document what medications the student is currently taking. Failure to provide such requested information within five days will be considered a positive result.
D. The Certifying Scientist will then determine if any of the prescribed medications resulted in the positive drug screen.
E. Finally, the Certifying Scientist, based on the information given, will certify the drug test results as positive or negative and reports this to the principal/designee, initially reporting positive results by phone.
1. For example, a drug screen positive for codeine may be ruled negative by the Certifying Scientist when he receives a letter from the treating physician that the student has been prescribed Tylenol with codeine as a pain medication following tooth extraction.
2. Or, if the student has a positive drug screen for codeine and has no documented physician order for the medication (maybe a parent gave the student one of their pills), this would likely be ruled a positive drug test by the Certifying Scientist.
3. Drug screens positive for illicit drugs (marijuana, heroin, cocaine or alcohol, etc.) would automatically be considered positive by the Certifying Scientist.
F. The Certifying Scientist may use quantitative results to determine if positive results on repeat tests indicated recent use of illicit or banned substances or the natural decline of levels of the illicit or banned substance from the body. If the Certifying Scientist feels the quantitative levels determined to be above the established cutoffs do not reflect current use but natural decay, then a negative result may be reported.
G. The Certifying Scientist will complete the final review on the drug testing custody and control form and return the appropriate copy to the principal/designee in a confidential manner.
Apart from this drug testing program, Southwest School Corporation coaching staff/sponsor of each sport/activity have their own rules and requirements. Coaches/sponsors have the necessary authority to enforce those rules. Any student who violates a rule or requirement as a member of a team or activity will be subject to the consequences as defined in those rules and requirements.