MITCHELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS  Policy #506.11

Mitchell, Nebraska

 

MANDATORY DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN COMPETITIVE

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OR STUDENTS THAT HAVE VOLUNTARILY BEEN PLACED IN THE POOL AT THE REQUEST OF THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN – Senior High School

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The Board of Education for Mitchell Public Schools values students’ participation

in extracurricular activities. Such students, as role models for other students, are a

key to our goal to provide the best possible educational program for our students. To

achieve our goal and to maximize the skills and talents of our students, it is

important that each student understands the dangers of drug and alcohol use. This

policy statement should qualify our position on student drug and alcohol use.

Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege which can be taken away for

failure to comply with this policy. The purpose of this policy is as follows:

 

1) To provide for the health and safety of all students;

2) To undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason

     for students to refuse use of illegal drugs and/or alcohol;

3) To identify students who use illegal drugs and/or alcohol; and

4) To encourage students who use illegal drugs and/or alcohol to participate

     in appropriate treatment programs.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

DPA: A national certified Drug Program Administrator, which shall use a certified

laboratory in testing of samples.

 

Drugs: Any substance considered illegal by Nebraska Statute, i.e., Uniform

Controlled Substances Act, section 28-401 et seq., or which is controlled by the

Food and Drug Administration unless prescribed to the student by any licensed

medical practitioner authorized to prescribe controlled substances. For purposes of

this policy, drugs shall include the illegal use of alcohol.

 

Drug Program Coordinator: The Drug Program Coordinator shall be the Mitchell

High School Principal/Activities Director or the designee.

 

MRO: Medical Review Officer.

 

 

 

 

 

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School Year: From the first day classes commence in the fall, unless the activity begins prior to the first day of classes, in which event it shall include from the first day of practice through and including the last day of classes in the following spring.

 

Activity Programs: Any activity that meets the guidelines of a competitive extracurricular

activity at Mitchell Public Schools, which shall include the following:

Basketball- Jazz Band

Cheerleading-Cross Country -One Act Plays- Track

 Show Choir- Volleyball- Wrestling-Football –Golf-Speech

 

Participant: Any student who participates in any competitive extracurricular activity as herein

before set forth shall be a participant, and his/her name shall be included in the

participant pool. Any student that has voluntarily been placed in the pool at the request of their parent/guardian shall also be considered a participant. A participant shall enter the participant pool upon signing the attached consent form EXHIBIT A and returning said signed consent form to the High School Principal. A participant shall remain in the selection pool for an entire year (365 days) from the date the consent form is returned to the High School Principal. A participant may be subject to testing at any time during said 365 day period. Any student who tests positive will continue to be tested through the summer months (Page 3, Procedure, 1.d). A student will be removed from the testing pool if he/she has quit or been cut from an activity. Quitting the activity must occur prior to being selected for testing to be removed from the testing pool of students. A student who has been selected for testing and quit the activity prior to testing will be ineligible to participate in competitive extracurricular activities for twelve (12) month following the quit.

 

Sample Collection:  Student participants will be selected for testing on a random basis to be established by the Drug Program Administrator. Samples will be collected as directed by the Drug Program

Administrator on the same day the student is selected for testing, or if the student is

absent an alternate will be selected, in sequential order, from an alternate list

provided by the Drug Program Administrator. If a urine sample is required, all

students providing samples will do so alone in an individual bathroom or stall with

the door closed.

 

Drug Program Administrator: The Board will choose a nationally certified Drug

Program Administrator (DPA) for the purpose of determining through random

selection the student(s)/ participant(s) to be tested. This will be accomplished by the

use of a “Student List” identifying the student by number only. The DPA, by use of a

certified laboratory, shall also process sample results and maintain privacy with

respect to test results and related matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Medical Review Officer “MRO”: Mitchell High School will utilize an MRO to

review all laboratory-reported positive tests. The role of the MRO is critical to

protecting the interest of the students. The MRO serves a critical role in determining

whether the use of a substance identified by the sample analysis is from illicit use or

a legitimate medical use. The MRO will demonstrate his/her knowledge by being

certified by an MRO Accreditation body. The parent or the guardian will be contacted

by the MRO or his/her assistant. The MRO will report results of verified positives

and/or health and safety issues to the student and to the designated school

representative through the DPA.

 

Scope of Tests: The drug screen tests for one or more illegal drugs and/or alcohol.

The Drug Program Coordinator shall determine which illegal drugs shall be

screened, but in no event shall that determination be made after selection of

students for testing. Student samples will not be screened for the presence of any

substances other than an illegal drug or alcohol or for the existence of any physical condition

other than drug use.

 

Non-Punitive Nature of Policy: No student shall be penalized academically for

testing positive for illegal drugs or alcohol. 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 will not be disclosed to criminal or juvenile

authorities absent legal compulsion by valid and binding subpoena or other legal

process, which the district shall not solicit. In the event of service of any such

subpoena or legal process, the student and the student’s custodial parent or legal

guardian will be notified as soon as possible by the district.

 

DRUG SCREENING PROCEDURES

 

General Policy: Practical experience and research have proven that even small

quantities of narcotics, abused prescription drugs or alcohol can affect judgment and

reflexes which can create unsafe conditions for students, especially those involved

in sports or any activity covered in this policy. Even when not readily apparent, the

effect can have serious results for students engaged in activities. Drug-using

students participating in extracurricular activities are a threat to co-participants, other

students, and themselves, and may make injurious errors. For these reasons, the

Board has adopted a policy that all students participating in extracurricular activities

must remain substance-free.

 

Prohibitions: All students participating in extracurricular activities are prohibited

from using, possessing, distributing, manufacturing, or having controlled substances,

improperly used medications, or any mind/mood altering or intoxicating substances

present in their system.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alcohol Use / Possession: All students participating in extracurricular activities are prohibited from possessing or use of alcohol.

 

After School Hours Conduct: After-school-hours use of drugs, alcohol, or any

other prohibited substances is illegal. All students participating in extracurricular

activities should realize that these regulations prohibit all illicit drug use during and

away from school activities.

 

Procedure:

1.         All Current Students Participating in Extracurricular Activities or Students That Have Voluntarily Been Placed In The Pool At The Request Of Their Parent/Guardian

A. Random Testing

The Board authorizes random unannounced screening of all students participating in competitive extracurricular activities or those students that have been voluntarily placed in the pool by their parent/guardian. The list of students that make up the pool will be updated upon receipt of a signed consent form. Students who have been selected will be required to report to the designated collection site for testing.

 

B. Consent

 

Each student participant shall consent in writing to drug testing pursuant to the district’s drug testing program. Written consent shall be in the form attached to this policy as EXHIBIT A. No student shall be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity absent such

consent.

 

C. Removal From the Random Testing List

     Students who quit or are cut from an activity, prior to being selected for

     random testing, may request their name be dropped from the testing list. A

     request form must be signed by the student and his/her parents to be

  dropped. However, students may volunteer to remain in the pool even though he/she is not part of the activity. Students that have submitted at least 2 negative test results without any positive results may be dropped from the testing list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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D. There is an obligation to continue support for students who test positive.

     Drug testing during the summer will provide another reason for a student

     to refrain from the use of drugs or alcohol. Any student who has tested

     positive during a random test will continue to be tested through the

     summer months. The Drug Program Coordinator will contact the student

     to establish a location and time for the test to take place.

 

2.         Testing Procedures

A. General Guidelines

     The Board and the DPA shall rely, when practical, on the guidance of the

     Federal Department of Transportation, Procedures for Transportation

     Workplace Drug Testing Programs, 49 C.F.R. Parts 40.1 through 40.39,

     and on the further guidance of the Omnibus Transportation Employee

     Testing Act provided in 49 C.F.R. Parts 382, 391, 392 and 395.

 

B. Substances

     Substances that students participating in extracurricular activities may be

     randomly tested for: alcohol, amphetamines, cannabinoids, cocaine,

     opiates, synthetic opiates and PCP, and other substances, such as but not

     limited to steroids, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines without advance

     notice as part of tests authorized by the Board for safety purposes. Such

     tests will be coordinated with the Drug Program Coordinator.

 

C. Testing Procedure

     The Board reserves the right to utilize, breath, saliva or urinalysis testing

     procedures. Urine and oral fluid samples which screen positive will be

     confirmed by GC/MS. Positive saliva or breath alcohol tests will be

     confirmed by EBT (Evidential Breath Tester).

 

3.         Collection Sites

             The Drug Program Coordinator will designate a collection site(s) at Mitchell

            High School where individuals may provide specimens.

 

4.         Collection Procedures

             The Board and the DPA have developed and will maintain a documented

             procedure for collecting, shipping, and accessing all specimens. The Board

 and the DPA will utilize a standard Custody and Control Form for all student participants. A  tamper   proof sealing system, identifying numbers, labels, and sealed shipping containers will be used for specimen transportation.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Collection sites will maintain instructions and training emphasizing the responsibility of the collection site personnel to protect the integrity of the specimen and maintain as proper a collection procedure that is reasonable. All alcohol testing will be performed by a certified Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT). Where the Board has an employee collect the specimen, the Board will provide instruction and training to that employee.

 

5.         Return of Results

 The DPA will transmit by a secure method the results of all tests to the DPA’s

  MRO. The MRO will be responsible for reviewing test results of students.

  Prior to making a final decision, the MRO shall give the individual an

  opportunity to discuss the result either face-to-face or over the telephone. The

  DPA shall then promptly tell the principal of the high school which student(s)

  tested positive.

 

6.         Request for Retest

 A split specimen will be collected for all testing methods, with the exception of

 alcohol testing. A positive alcohol test will be confirmed with an EBT device.

 Students involved in the program may, upon a non- negative test result,

 request that the split sample be tested (within 72 hours of being notified of the

 final testing result) at a second nationally certified laboratory from a list

 provided by the MRO. The request for the test must be submitted in writing to

 the MRO. Student participants are required to pay the associated costs for an additional test in advance. However, the costs will be reimbursed if the result of the split sample test is negative.

 

Positive Results:   Any of the following will be considered to be a positive test result: (1) a confirmed positive alcohol or drug test, (2) refusal to participate in testing when selected, including quitting the activity upon being requested to be tested; and (3) tampering with the specimen collection process. Whenever a student has a positive test, the following will occur: the custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified and a meeting will be scheduled with the Mitchell High School Principal (Drug Program Coordinator), the student, and the custodial parent or legal guardian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Positive Test:

• DPC meeting with parent/s and student;

• Student notified of a requirement to miss 5 days of practice for the

   extracurricular activity. The student will also be ineligible to publicly

   perform in any activity for 14 calendar days. If the end of the activity

   precedes the end of the 14 days the remaining days will carry over to the

   next activity so the student completes the required number of days;

• Written proof of alcohol/drug use assessment by a drug counselor is

   required. Follow through of the recommended drug assistance program

   sessions with the counselor is strongly encouraged. A district administered

   negative test must be provided before the student may return to the activity; and

• Follow-up drug testing, a minimum of once a month, will commence after

   the first parent meeting for the next 12 months or end upon graduation

   from MHS.

 

Second Positive Test:

• DPC meeting with parent/s and the student

• Suspension of the privilege to participate in practice and extracurricular

   activities for 30 calendar days. If the end of the activity precedes the end

   of the 30 days, the remaining days will carry over to the next activity so

   that the student completes the required number of days;

• An additional five sessions of drug counseling must be completed before

   the student may petition to return to activities. A district-administered

   negative test must be provided before the student may return to the

   activity; and

• Follow-up drug testing for the next 12 months will begin upon notification

   of the second positive test, or end upon graduation from MHS.

 

Third Offense (within two consecutive years):

• DPC meeting with parent/s and student;

• Suspension of eligibility to participate in practice and extracurricular

   activities for one year from the date of the third positive test meeting, or

   end upon graduation from MHS. A district-administered negative test must

   be provided before the student may return to the activity; and

• Follow-up drug testing will continue for 12 months from the date of the

   meeting.

 

Fourth Positive Test (during high school career of a student):

• DPC meeting with the parent/s and student

• Suspension of eligibility to participate in activities for the remainder of the

   student’s time as a student at MHS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Refusal to Submit to Drug Use Test: A participating student who refuses to submit

to a drug test authorized under this policy or fails or refuses to comply with any

other provision of this policy, shall not be eligible to participate in any activities

covered under this policy including all meetings, practices, performances and

competitions for the remainder of the school year.

 

Appeal: A student participating in extracurricular activities who has been determined

by the principal or Drug Program Coordinator to be in violation of this policy shall

have the right to appeal the decision to the Superintendent or his/her designee(s).

 

Such request for a review must be submitted to the Superintendent in writing within

five (5) calendar days of notice of the positive test. A student requesting a review will

remain eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities until the review is

completed. The Superintendent or his/her designee(s) shall then determine whether

the original finding was justified. No further review of the Superintendent’s decision

will be provided, and his/her decision shall be conclusive in all respects. Any

necessary interpretation or application of this policy shall be in the sole and

exclusive judgment and discretion of the Superintendent which shall be final and

non-appealable.

 

Record Keeping and Confidentiality: All records pertaining to participants shall be

kept separate from the student records. The record keeping and results of all testing

will be held in the strictest confidence. These records will be accessible only to the

Drug Program Coordinator or his designee. Records pertaining to a particular

student will be destroyed upon his/her graduation from MHS, or one year after

his/her class graduation.

 

SEVERABILITY

Should any sentence, clause, provision, or paragraph of this entire policy be deemed

unlawful or unconstitutional, it is intended that, insofar as may be practicable, the

remaining portions of this policy shall remain in full force and effect.

 

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MITCHELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Mitchell, Nebraska

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

MANDATORY DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS

INVOLVED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

CERTIFICATION OF UNDERSTANDING

 

 

 

I have read and understand the contents of the Mitchell Public Schools’ Mandatory Drug Testing Policy for Students Involved in Extracurricular Activities. I understand by signing this document and also the General Authorization Form that I will abide by the terms and conditions of the Mitchell Public Schools District’s Mandatory Drug Testing Policy for Students Involved in Extracurricular Activities

 

 

 

____________________________________                           __________________________

Student Name Printed                                                                                              Date

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         __________________________

Student Signature                                                                                                     Date

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         ___________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature                                                                                 Date

 

 

 

Sport or Activity: _______________________                                                   Grade: _______

 

Policy #506.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MITCHELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Mitchell, Nebraska

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

MANDATORY DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS

INVOLVED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

GENERAL AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

 

 

I understand that my performance as a participant and the reputation of my school are dependent, in part, on my conduct as an individual. I hereby agree to accept and abide by the policies, standards, rules, and regulations set forth by the Mitchell Public Schools. I also authorize the Mitchell Public Schools District to conduct a breath, saliva, or urinalysis to test for drugs and/or alcohol use. I also authorize the Mitchell Public Schools District to conduct random tests during the current school year. I also authorize the release of information concerning the results of such a test to the Mitchell Public Schools District, Western Pathology Consultants, Inc., and to the parents or guardians of the student. This shall be deemed a consent pursuant to the Family Education Right to Privacy Act for the release of above information to the parties named above.

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         _________________________

Student Name Printed Date

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         __________________________

Student Signature Date

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         ___________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature Date

 

 

 

Sport or Activity: ___________________________                                                             Grade: _______

 

Policy #506.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MITCHELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Mitchell, Nebraska

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

MANDATORY DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS

THAT HAVE VOLUNTARILY BEEN PLACED IN THE DRUG TESTING PROGRAM BY THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN

 

 

CERTIFICATION OF UNDERSTANDING

 

 

 

I have read and understand the contents of the Mitchell Public Schools’ Mandatory Drug Testing Policy for Students Involved in Extracurricular Activities and those students that have voluntarily been placed in the pool at the request of their parent/guardian. I understand by signing this document and also the General Authorization Form that I will abide by the terms and conditions of the Mitchell Public Schools District’s Mandatory Drug Testing Policy for Students Involved in Extracurricular Activities Or Students That Have Voluntarily Been Placed In The Pool At The Request Of Their Parent/Guardian

 

 

 

____________________________________               __________________________

Student Name Printed                                                                                  Date

 

 

 

_____________________________________             __________________________

Student Signature                                                                                         Date

 

 

 

_____________________________________             __________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature                                                                     Date

 

 

 

Grade: _______

 

Policy #506.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MITCHELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Mitchell, Nebraska

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

OPTIONAL DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS

THAT HAVE VOLUNTARILY BEEN PLACED IN THE DRUG TESTING

PROGRAM BY THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN

 

GENERAL AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

I understand that my performance as a participant and the reputation of my school are

dependent, in part, on my conduct as an individual. I hereby agree to accept and abide

by the policies, standards, rules, and regulations set forth by the Mitchell Public

Schools. I also authorize the Mitchell Public Schools District to conduct a

urinalysis to test for drugs and/or alcohol use. I also authorize the Mitchell

Public Schools District to conduct random tests during the current school year. I also

authorize the release of information concerning the results of such a test to the

Mitchell Public Schools District, Western Pathology Consultants, Inc., and to the

parents or guardians of the student. This shall be deemed a consent pursuant to the

Family Education Right to Privacy Act for the release of above information to the parties

named above.

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         _________________________

Student Name Printed                                                                                              Date

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         __________________________

Student Signature                                                                                                     Date

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________                         __________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature                                                                                 Date

 

 

 

Grade: _______

 

Policy #506.11