John Glenn School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

2432.02 - DRUG TESTING OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ANDCO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

One of the greatest challenges facing society today is finding new and creative ways to deter and eliminate the increasing use of drugs among students. The School Corporation recognizes that the health risks and dangers associated with the use of illicit drugs are significant and endanger the quality of the educational experience and the future of our students. Additionally, the School Corporation realizes students involved in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities accept this participation as a privilege, rather than a right, and often represent the school at performances and events.

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 order to combat this situation and provide for the greater safety and welfare of students and community, a random drug-testing program has been developed for students who voluntarily participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. 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 students 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 participant who admits to an alcohol or drug problem before having been found in violation of the students 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 participants in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities 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 childís condition; educating students about the negative effects of drug use; deterring students from 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 participants at the high school are to:

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

 B.identify students who may have a drug problem;

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

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

The random drug testing program for students will apply to all students who participate in a co-curricular or extra-curricular club or activity. A list of students involved in these clubs or activities will be submitted by the club or organization sponsor. Those students who refuse testing will be denied participation in the activity 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.

Participating in school activities and clubs is a privilege and not a right. With that in mind, the School Corporation believes that students who cannot follow the rules are voluntarily relinquishing their privilege to participate in activities. Students testing positive in the drug testing program will be subject to disciplinary action as follows:

 A.First Offense: Suspension from participating in the next public performance/club meeting/activity.

 B.Second Offense: Suspension from participating in the activity for a period of one (1) year.

C. Third Offense: Suspension from participation for the remainder of the studentís high school career.

Note: For co-curricular activities (band, choir), the student may continue participating in the classroom/academic requirement. The studentís grade will not be affected due to being ineligible to participate as a result of random drug testing; rather an alternative assignment will be made by the director/sponsor of his/her choice. If a student tests positive for a second and/or third time, the director/sponsor will have the right to deny enrollment in the class at the conclusion of the current semester, as continued drug use and ineligibility to perform choreographed and competitive performances may harm the entire organization.

While tobacco use is a health threat to students at any age, the School Corporation recognizes that it is legal for students, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age, to use tobacco products. However, if a student, even if of age, tests positive, his/her parents will be notified of the test results, and s/he will be offered information regarding the health risks associated with tobacco use and programs available for those who want to quit. These provisions do not alter existing rules with respect to use of tobacco products on School Corporation property.

If a student is involved in cheating on a drug test, s/he will be suspended from participation in activities for one (1) calendar year from the date of discovery.

The following guidelines must be followed with respect to a retest:

 A.It is the studentís and his/her parent or guardianís responsibility to have the student retested.

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

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

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

Adopted 8/5/03