John Glenn School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

2431 - INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

The School Board recognizes the value to the Corporation and to the community of a program of interscholastic athletics for as many students as feasible.

 A.The program of interscholastic athletics should provide students the opportunity to exercise and test their athletic abilities in a context greater and more varied than that which can be offered by a school or the School Corporation alone.

 B.The program should foster the growth of school loyalty with the student body as a whole and stimulate community interest in athletics.

 C.Game activities and practice sessions should provide many opportunities to teach the values of competition and good sportsmanship.

The principal subscribes to the administrative guidelines of the Indiana High School Athletic Association for high school athletics but maintains responsibility for enforcement of all rules. The Board believes that it is the purpose of an interscholastic program to provide the benefits of an athletic experience to as large a number of students as feasible within the Corporation.

Since the primary purpose of the athletic program is to enhance the education of participating students as indicated in this policy, the Board places top priority on maximum student participation and the values of good sportsmanship, team play, and fair competition, rather than on winning, particularly at sub-varsity levels. The Superintendent is to develop guidelines for coaches to follow which will ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to play so they have the opportunity to benefit from the learning experience.

The principal shall annually prepare a program of interscholastic athletics which shall include a complete schedule of events.

The Superintendent shall develop appropriate administrative guidelines for the operation of the Athletic Program and a Code of Conduct for those who participate. Such guidelines should provide for the following safeguards:

 A.Prior to enrolling in the sport, each participant shall submit to a thorough physical examination by a Corporation-approved physician and parents shall report any past or current health problems along with a physician's statement that any such problems have or are being treated and pose no threat to the student's participation.

 B.Any student who is found to have a life-threatening health condition such as a heart defect, respiratory dysfunctions, and the like, must have authorization in writing by the student's physician and parents in order to participate in any athletic activities.

 C.Any student who incurs an injury requiring a physician's care is to have the written approval of a physician prior to the student's return to participation.

The School Corporation takes no financial responsibility for injuries as the result of participation in athletics. The School Corporation makes accident insurance available for purchase by any parent who whishes to enroll his/her son/daughter in the insurance program.

The Superintendent is also to and then review annually guidelines so that sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity characterize the manner in which the athletic program is conducted and the actions of students who participate. Such guidelines should include criteria for judging these important qualities as well as procedures by which these values will be communicated to students, parents, and supporters and the behavior of each of these groups will be monitored to ensure their behavior reflects high standards.

Student Athlete Drug Testing

One of the greatest challenges facing society today is finding new and creative ways to deter and eliminate the increasing use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among students. The School Corporation recognizes that the health risks and dangers associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs are significant and endanger the quality of educational experience and the future of our students. Specifically, the School Corporation recognizes that drug use among its student athletes and cheerleaders present special dangers to the athletes and others involved in the competition.

The Indiana Department of Education has consistently awarded the School Corporation grant money because of the number of students in the community who have been determined to be at risk for alcohol and drug use. Based upon the 1994 Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drug Use Survey and county-wide data, John Glenn School Corporation was determined to be third on a list of school systems within Indiana with actual and potential drug problems. In addition, drug and alcohol use among the students is present.

In order to combat this situation, a random drug testing program has been developed for student athletes. The investiture of random drug testing will hopefully deter the temptation presented to many high school students.

Individuals under the influence of drugs and alcohol provide a threat to the safety and the health of themselves and to others participating in athletics with them. They risk destruction of various body organs, addiction, the threat of diseases contracted through the use of unsterilized paraphernalia, behavior modifications, and performance below their fullest natural ability levels. These problems become especially acute in the setting of interscholastic sports teams and sporting events.

Recognizing that drug and alcohol counseling and therapy is most effective when an individual willingly acknowledges a problem and personally seeks help, any student who admits to an alcohol, tobacco, or other drug problem, before having been found in violation of the student code, will not be penalized by school personnel. This provision is effective only once. In such cases, the parents and student will be referred to the school counselors for information regarding treatment available through outside agencies.

The drug testing program will not affect the policies, practices or rights of the high school athletic department in dealing with any drug, alcohol, or tobacco possession or use where reasonable suspicion is obtained by means other than random testing. The athletic department also reserves the right to test for cause when any athlete exhibits behavior manifesting a reasonable suspicion of drug, alcohol, or tobacco usage.

The School Corporation believes that drug testing is a fair and necessary way to confront the growing drug culture and its inherent deleterious effects upon the school generally and athletes specifically, as well as to discourage students from succumbing to societal temptations.

The program is not intended to be punitive or disciplinary in nature. The purpose of this program is to identify students with alcohol, tobacco, or other drug residues in their bodies, to provide notification to the custodial parent or guardian of his/her child's condition, to educate students about the negative effects of drug use, and to deter students away from drug and alcohol abuse and toward a healthy, safe and drug-free participation in school activities.

The five (5) major goals of drug testing at the high school includes:

 A.to combat alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use at the high school and throughout the community;

 B.to identify students who may have an alcohol, tobacco, or other drug problem;

 C.to provide students with a sound reason to resist the peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs;

 D.to protect the safety of the student athletes during athletic practices and contests;

 E.to maintain the high integrity of the athletic program at the high school.

The random testing program will include all participants, male and female, of interscholastic sports and cheerleading. This will include anyone who is participating on an interscholastic team or cheerleading squad during the season or who is actively participating in any activities or events relating to an interscholastic team or cheerleading squad. These students shall be referred to, from this time on, as "student athletes".

In addition to the random testing program, parents may request to have a child under the age of eighteen (18) tested by providing the school with a written consent form. Students who are eighteen (18) years old may voluntarily request to be tested. Any test administered due to a student voluntarily requesting to be tested or a parent requesting a student be tested will be paid for by the student or parents before the test is administered. The results of such test will be given only to the parents or to the eighteen (18) year old student.

Testing may occur at any time during the athletic season, including during conditioning, tryouts, Saturday practices, or meetings.

Being a student athlete is a privilege and not a right. With that in mind, the high school believes that student athletes who cannot follow the rules of each sport or organization are voluntarily relinquishing their privilege to participate.

Student athletes testing positive in the drug testing program will be subject to disciplinary action.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines which will be followed for the implementation of this policy.

I.C. 20-5-2-2, 20-10.1-8-1 et seq.
Vernonia School District 47J vs. Wayne Acton, et ux. U.S. Supreme Court, # 94-590
June 26, 1995

Revised 12/19/01