Setup/Maintenance COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

COLUMBUS, NE

DRUG TESTING POLICY

 

1.                                            Need for Random Testing.

The Board of Education is responsible for maintaining discipline, health and safety. The Board recognizes that substance abuse presents a continuing challenge and a danger to the student population as a whole. The Board is committed to maintaining school sponsored activity programs in a safe, healthy and secure environment. The Board is further committed to being proactive in ensuring that students who participate in extracurricular activities represent the District in a positive manner

2.                                          Eligibility for Random Testing.

Students who participate in school sponsored competitive extracurricular activities, as defined in the student handbook at the middle school and high school (Grades 7-12) levels are eligible for random testing. Students who do not consent to participate in the testing program shall not be eligible to participate in school sponsored competitive extracurricular and co-curricular activities.  Parents/guardians may volunteer their child for participation in the testing program even if they do not participate in a school sponsored competitive extracurricular activity. 

 

Testing Procedure.

a.              Random Testing.

The Superintendent or designee will ensure the testing of eligible students occurs on a scheduled basis through a confidential and random testing schedule.

b.              Collection.

The testing collection process will be conducted in a manner that protects student privacy, guards against tampered specimens and ensures an accurate chain of custody. It is intended that the procedures be modeled on those applicable to the testing of DOT covered employees, though methods other than testing of urine samples may be used. The tests are to be designed to detect only the use of illegal drugs, not medical conditions or the presence of authorized prescription medications.

4..                                           Confidentiality.

All activities related to the testing policy will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), and any other applicable confidentiality laws.

5.                                           .Consequences for Positive Tests.

Any of the following shall be considered to be a positive test result:

·         A confirmed positive drug test;

·         Refusal to participate in testing when selected; and/or

·         Tampering with the specimen collection process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following shall result from a positive test result:

·      The student or the student's parents or guardians should contact the building principal or designee within 48 hours of notification of a positive test result.

·      If there is no self-reporting within 48 hours by the student and/or their parents or guardian, the building principal or designee will call and set up a meeting to discuss the positive test result, with the objective of collaborating on a plan to assist the student in avoiding future substance abuse.

·      The student's privilege of participating in extracurricular or co-curricular activities will be restricted as follows:

·        Positive results from a student tested based on probable cause or reasonable suspicion will receive consequences based on student code of conduct as stated in the Columbus Public Schools student handbook.

·        The parents or guardians are responsible for the costs of any rehabilitation program, which includes the substance abuse counseling and follow-up.

·        Positive results will not lead to the imposition of any academic consequence or disciplinary action, other than the above-described limitations on the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities.

6.        Appeal and Due Process Procedures

A student or the student's parents/guardians or employee may challenge the results of a positive test through an appeal process to be developed by the Superintendent or designee. In the event a student or the student's parents/guardians wish to challenge a positive test on a basis other than the accuracy of the test result; an appeal may be made in accordance with the policy on extracurricular activity discipline and/or Columbus Public Schools Staff Handbook.

7.        Process

The Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee is directed to develop specific testing procedures consistent with this policy.

 

 

 


Drug Testing Procedures

1.                                      Student Eligibility for Random Testing

Students who participate in school sponsored competitive extracurricular and co-curricular activities, as defined by the student handbook, at the middle and high school (Grades 7-12) levels are eligible for random testing. School sponsored extracurricular and co-curricular competitive activities, as defined by the student handbook, are activities which are sponsored or approved by the Board, but are not required for credit towards graduation, and which involve competition, comparison, or judging of the individuals or groups with other individuals or groups as part of selection or participation.

To participate in a school sponsored competitive extracurricular or co-curricular activity, students must submit a completed Consent to Test Form on or before the first practice or on or before the first event or meeting, whichever is applicable. The form must be signed by the student and the student's parent or guardian.

Failure to submit a completed Consent to Test Form will result in ineligibility for participation in school sponsored competitive extracurricular activities until the form is submitted.

Students remain eligible for testing from the date the Consent to Test Form is turned in until a Drop Form is completed, or until the student graduates or is otherwise no longer enrolled in the District. A student for whom a Drop Form has been submitted shall be ineligible for participation in school sponsored extracurricular activities for twelve months from the date the Drop Form is submitted. Students have a fifteen (15) day grace period for reconsideration of a Drop Form.

Students who are not participants in a school sponsored extracurricular activity may volunteer for participation in the testing program by submitting a completed Consent to Test Form.

 

2.                                      Testing Procedure

 

a.                         Random Testing

A confidential testing schedule will be created by the Superintendent, designee or contracted service agent to ensure that the testing of eligible students is conducted in a manner that is random. To maintain confidentiality and to maintain the integrity of the randomness of this program, the students eligible for testing will be identified by a unique personal identifier that does not make the student known to persons other than the school officials who are directly involved in the testing program.

 

No less than twenty percent (20%) of the pool of eligible students will be tested each school year. The Superintendent or designee shall have the authority to determine the percentage to test, subject to the minimum 20% level, dependent on the nature and extent of the prevailing problem with drug usage in the school community from time to time. Testing will take place throughout the school year.

 

b.                        Collection

The testing collection process will be conducted in a manner that protects student privacy, guards against tampered specimens and ensures an accurate chain of custody of the specimen. The method of testing


may involve the use of breath, saliva, urine, or hair samples. To the extent the testing involves the collection of urine, it shall be done by a certified collector in accordance with DOT urine drug screen collections policy/procedures.  Such collection procedures may require a same sex monitored collection should the urine sample show signs of adulteration, temperature out of range, or tampering. 

It is intended that the procedures be modeled on those applicable to the testing of CDL employees, which include the testing of specimens for unlawful substances. The tests are to be designed to detect only the use of illegal drugs, including but not limited to amphetamines (methamphetamines), marijuana, K2, cocaine, PCP, and opiates, not medical conditions or the presence of authorized prescription medications.

Positive results will need to be confirmed by the contracting service.  If any fees are associated with the confirmation, the fees will be assessed to the student and their family.  The district is not responsible for re-test costs or confirmation costs.

3.                  Confidentiality

All activities related to the testing policy will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), and any other applicable confidentiality laws.

Test results will be shared with the student and his or her parents first.  It is then up to the student and their parents to notify the school within 48 hours of being notified of a positive test.  The building principal or designee will be notified by the contracting agent regarding a positive result after the 48-hour window. Only the building Principal or designee with a legitimate educational interest will be provided the information, on a "need to know" basis. Test results will not be turned over to any law enforcement authority in the absence of a court order, subpoena, or other legal process requiring such.  If a student is tested based on probable cause/reasonable suspicion to be under the influence or in possession of any illegal substance during the academic day, law enforcement may be notified.

Test results will be kept in confidential disciplinary files separate from the students' academic records. The test results will be destroyed when no longer needed for individual student situations or for the overall testing program.

 

 


 

 

COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

COLUMBUS, NE

Consent to Test

Text Box: Parent or Guardian Name (print)Text Box: Student Name (print)Text Box: Student SignatureText Box: Student SignatureText Box: Student Name (print)Text Box: Parent or Guardian Name (print)Text Box: Student Name (print)Text Box: DateText Box: Parent or Guardian Name (print)Text Box: Parent or Guardian SignatureText Box: Student SignatureText Box: Student Name (print)I understand fully that my performance as a student 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 standards, rules and regulations set forth by the Board of Education of Columbus Public Schools, the administration, and the coaches and sponsors for the activities in which I participate.

  

 

Text Box: DateText Box: Student SignatureI consent to and authorize Columbus Public Schools to conduct a drug test if my number is drawn from the random pool. I also authorize the release of information concerning the results of such tests to designated District personnel.

I understand that this form remains in effect until the submission of an Activity Drop Form or graduation and/or withdrawal from the District.

I plan to participate in one or more of the following school sponsored competitive extracurricular activit(ies):

 

 


                                              I am volunteering my son/daughter to be placed in the testing pool.


COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

COLUMBUS, NE

Activity

I will submit this form to the Activities Director. My name will be withdrawn from the testing pool on the date this is received by the Activities Director.

Completing this form will pertain to all school sponsored extracurricular activities. I understand that, by withdrawing, I can no longer participate in any school sponsored competitive extracurricular activities, and I may not receive recognition as a member of these activities or athletic programs.   I may re-enter the testing pool after a period of one (1) calendar year by filling out a new Consent to Test form.

 

 

Text Box: Student Name (print)Text Box: Parent or Guardian Name (print)

Text Box: Parent or Guardian SignatureText Box: Student Signature

Text Box: DateText Box: DateI UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE 15 DAYS TO RECONSIDER THE DECISION AND RE-ENTER THE POOL.

 

 


______________________________                                                    _________________________

               Activities                                                                                     Date of Receipt

                Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Adopted:  08/19/13                                                        COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

                                                                                                                                Columbus, NE