John Glenn School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

2432.01 - STUDENT DRIVER 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 and other drugs among students. The School Corporation recognizes that the health risks and dangers associated with the use of alcohol and other illicit drugs are significant and endanger the quality of the educational experience and the future of our students. Additionally, the School Corporation realizes student drivers who use drugs and alcohol present a heightened threat to their own well-being and that of others. Students driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol threaten the health and safety of themselves, their passengers, other drivers, and all citizens of the community.

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 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 order to combat this situation and provide for the greater safety of students and community, a random drug-testing program has been developed for student drivers. The School Corporation believes that random drug testing is a fair and necessary way to confront the growing drug culture and its inherent deleterious effects upon schools generally and student drivers specifically, as well as to discourage students from succumbing to societal temptations.

Recognizing that drug and alcohol counseling and therapy is most effective when an individual willingly acknowledges a problem and personally seeks help, any student driver who admits to an alcohol or 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 parent or guardian and the student will be referred to school counselors for information regarding treatment available through outside agencies.

Testing of student drivers has several purposes that include: identifying students with alcohol or other drug residues in their bodies; notifying the custodial parent or guardian of his/her child’s condition; educating students about the negative effects of drug use; deterring students from alcohol or drug use and directing them toward healthy, safe and drug-free participation in school activities; and, providing greater safety to students and members of the community.

The four (4) major goals of drug testing student drivers at the high school are to:

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

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

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

 D.protect the safety of the student drivers, their passengers, other drivers, and citizens of the community.

The random drug and alcohol testing program for student drivers will apply to all students who have applied for a school parking permit allowing them to park their cars on school property. In order to obtain a parking permit, each student and his/her parent or guardian must sign a written consent form. Those students who refuse to sign and/or whose parents refuse to sign the consent form will be denied parking permits. Students drivers who are randomly selected and subsequently refuse to participate in a drug test will have their parking permits suspended until they take a drug test. Testing may occur at any time during the school year within the school day between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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 parent 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.

Driving to school and parking on school property is a privilege and not a right. The School Corporation offers bus transportation for its students. With that in mind, the School Corporation believes that student drivers who cannot follow the rules are voluntarily relinquishing their privilege to drive to school and park on school property. Student drivers testing positive in the drug testing program will be subject to disciplinary action as follows:

 A.First Offense: Suspension from driving to school and parking on school property for a period ending on the later of one (1) month from the day the test results are received by JGHS or the day JGHS receives retest results which are negative.

B. Second Offense: Suspension from driving to school and parking on school property for a period ending on the later of one (1) calendar year from the day the test results are received by JGHS or the day JGHS receives retest results which are negative.

C. Third Offense: Permanent suspension from driving to school and parking on school property while a student at JGHS.

The penalties stated above will accumulate through the high school years if a student repeats one or more offenses. If a student drives to school and parks on school property while his/her driving privileges are suspended, the student will automatically incur the penalty of the next offense. If the offense occurs toward the end of the school year, the penalty will extend to summer school and/or will resume at the start of the next school year.

All athletes, who are tested under the Student Driver Drug Testing Policy, will be subject to the penalties above in addition to penalties imposed through the Student Athlete Drug Testing Policy.

If a student driver is involved in cheating on a drug test, s/he will be suspended from driving to school and parking on school property for one (1) calendar year from the date of discovery.

A retest is not required if a student or his/her parent or guardian determines that the student will not drive to school and park on school property. The following guidelines must be followed with respect to a retest:

 A.It is the student’s and his/her parent or guardian’s responsibility to have the student retested.

 B.The cost of the retest will be the responsibility of the student driver and his/her parent or guardian.

 C.The student driver and his/her parent or guardian may choose any government approved lab to take a retest.

 D.When a retest is completed, the student driver and his/her parent or guardian must submit to the high school, a test result form signed and dated by a medical doctor.

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.

Adopted 7/20/99
Revised 1/19/00
Revised 8/5/03