Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

5530.01 - EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DRUG TESTING PROGRAM

The Mission of Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation

Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation believes that the public school is to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all the youth of the community and for all adults who desire and want to pursue additional training or re-training. These opportunities must focus on the individual in terms of his/her interests, needs, abilities and capacities. It is the goal of Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation to provide experiences which will equip the student to meet the responsibilities required of every citizen in our American democratic society. It shall also be the goal of the school to help the individual to acquire basic skills and attitudes necessary for him/her to live a full, productive and satisfying life.

We also believe the school should make a concerted effort to affect ways of helping all individuals in human understanding and relations, tolerance, and respecting the dignity of a person. Ways must be found to help individuals strive for peace among nations, peoples, and cultures.

Since the schools are only one agency in a community contributing to the education of individuals, the school must join hands with the home and all community agencies and organizations to make a wholesome and healthful environment for all people.

Introduction

The effective date of this program is August 1, 2014. This program does not affect the current policies, practices, or rights of Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation with drug and/or alcohol possession or use, where reasonable suspicion is obtained by means other than drug testing through this policy. Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation reserves the right to test any student who at any time exhibits cause for reasonable suspicion of drug and/or alcohol usage.

Reasonable Concern

Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation has a strong commitment to the health, safety and welfare of its students. Results of studies throughout the United States, and an increased substance abuse problem in Ohio County, Indiana, indicate that education alone, as a preventive measure, is not affective in combating substance abuse. Statistics show that the mission of Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation has not been realized. Our commitment to maintaining the extra-curricular activities in Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation as a safe and secure educational environment requires a clear policy and supportive programs relating to detection, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse by students involved in extra-curricular activities.

Purpose

The drug testing program is not intended to be disciplinary or punitive in nature. Students involved in extra-curricular activities need to be exemplary in the eyes of the community and other students. It is the purpose of this program to prevent students from participating in extra-curricular activities while s/he has drug residues in his/her body and it is the purpose this program to educate, help, and direct students away from drug and alcohol abuse and toward it's health and drug free participation. No student shall be expelled or suspended as a result of any verified "positive" test conducted by his/her school under this program other than stated herein.

Scope

Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege. This policy applies to all Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation students in grades 9-12 who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities that are listed in the current student handbook and any other school sponsored extra-curricular activities not listed. It also includes any student who wishes to drive to school, from school or during school.

Legal Obligation

I.C. 20-8.1-7 sets forth health measures to be governed by school officials. Most specifically, I.C. 20-8.1-7-2 establishes the responsibility of schools to assist children found to be ill or in need of treatment.

Drug Education

The sponsor or coach of each extra-curricular activity will require the attendance of all prospective participants at one (1) or more drug education sessions. Each prospective participant shall receive a copy of this policy. The policy will be explained to them at that time. An educational presentation will also be made to educate the student about the harmful effects and consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse. Students will receive information as to where they can seek professional help, if needed, for a use or abuse problem.

Consent Form

It is Mandatory that each student who participates in extra-curricular activities sign and return the "consent form" prior to participation in any extra-curricular activity. Failure to comply will result in non-participation.

Each extra-curricular participant shall be provided with a "consent form", a copy of which is attached hereto, which shall be dated and signed by the participant and by the parent/guardian. In so doing, the student is agreeing to participate in the random drug testing program at Rising Sun High School.

Testing Procedure

 A.The selection of participants to be tested will be done randomly by the principal/administrative designee, and selections will be made from time-to-time throughout the school year. Names will be drawn from one large pool of those agreeing to be tested. Testing may occur on a different day, Monday through Friday. This variable schedule will keep students conscious of the possibility of being tested at any time during the year. Each student will be assigned to a number that will be placed in the drawing.

 B.If the student shows signs of reasonable suspicion, the principal/administrative designee may call the student's parent/guardian and ask that the student be tested. Factors will include but are not limited to, excessive discipline problems and/or excessive absences from school. Also, a parent/guardian may request testing of his/her student.

 C.No student will be given advance notice or early warning of the testing. In addition, a strict chain of custody will be enforced to eliminate invalid tests or outside influences.

 D.Upon being selected for a urinalysis test under this policy, either by random draw, reasonable suspicion, request of a parent/guardian, or a follow-up test, a student will be required to provide a sample of "fresh" urine according to the quality control standards and policy of the laboratory conducting the urinalysis.

 E.All students will remain under school supervision until they have produced an adequate urine specimen. If unable to produce a specimen, the student will be given up to twenty-four (24) ounces of fluid. If still unable to produce a specimen within two (2) hours, the student will be taken to the principal's office and told s/he is no longer eligible for any of the extra-curricular activities. In addition, the parents/guardian will be telephoned and informed the student is unable to produce a sample for the testing procedure and that s/he may be tested at a later date to be reinstated for eligibility.

 F.All specimens registering below 90.5 degrees or above 98.8 degrees Fahrenheit will be invalid. There is a heat strip on each of the specimen bottles indicating the validity of the urine specimen by temperature. If this occurs, the student must give another specimen.

 G.If it is proven that tampering or cheating has occurred during the collection, the student will become ineligible for all the "extra-curricular activities" for the remainder of the school year. This will be reported to the parent/guardian.

 H.Immediately after the specimen is taken, the student may return to class with an admit slip or pass with the time s/he left the collection site. The principal/administrative designee must time and sign the pass.

 I.The specimens will then be turned over to the testing laboratory, and each specimen will be tested for alcohol, nicotine, and "street drugs" (which may include all drugs listed as controlled substances under the laws of the State of Indiana). Also "performance enhancing" drugs such as steroids may be tested.

 J.The laboratory selected must follow the standards set by the Department of Health and Human Services. It must be certified under the auspices of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Chain of Custody

 A.The certified laboratory will provide training and direction to those who supervise the testing program, set-up the collection environment, and guarantee specimens and supervise the chain-of-custody. To maintain anonymity, the student's number, not name will be used.

 B.The principal/administrative designee will be responsible for escorting students to the collection site. The student should bring all materials with him/her to the collection site and should not be allowed to go to his/her locker. (The administrator should not bring all the students drawn from the pool to the collection simultaneously. Calling four (4) or five (5) students at a time allows the collections to be carried out quickly and will not cause students to wait a long time, thereby creating a loss of important time from class. Athletes may be called after school, perhaps during practice time).

 C.Before the student's urine sample is tested by the laboratory, the student will agree to fill out, sign and date any form which may be required by the testing laboratory. If a student chooses, s/he may notify the administrator that s/he is taking a prescription medication.

 D.A sanitized kit containing a specimen bottle will be given to each student. The bottle will remain in the student's possession until a seal is placed upon the bottle. The student will sign that the specimen has been sealed. The seal may be broken only by the lab testing the specimen.

 E.If the seal is tampered with or broken, after leaving the student's possession and prior to arriving at the lab, the specimen is invalid. The student will be called again as soon as possible. The student will remain eligible for extra-curricular activities subsequent to a retest.

 F.The supervisor obtaining the urine specimen will be of the same gender as the student. Students will be instructed to remove all coats and wash their hands in the presence of the supervisor prior to entering the restroom. The door will be closed so that the student is by himself/herself in the restroom to provide a urine specimen. The supervisor will wait outside the restroom. The student will have two (2) minutes to produce a urine specimen. The commode will contain a blue dye so the water cannot be used to dilute the sample. The faucets in the restrooms will be shut off.

 G.After it has been sealed, the specimen will be transported to the testing laboratory by lab personnel. The testing laboratory will report the results back to the principal/administrative designee.

 H.In order to maintain confidentiality, the container which contains the urine specimen to be tested will not have the name of the student on the container. Instead, the student's random identification number will appear on the container. Also the results sheet for the urinalysis will be mailed back to the principal/administrative designee with no name attached only the students random identification number will appear on the results sheet.

Test Results

 A.This program seeks to provide needed help for students who have a verified "positive" test. The students health, welfare, and safety will be the reason for preventing students from participation in extra-curricular activities.

 B.The principal/administrative designee will be notified of a student testing "positive" (that is, if the test shows that drug residues are in the student's system after using at least two (2) different types of analysis). The principal/administrative designee will notify the student and his/her parent/guardian. The student or his/her parent/guardian may submit any documented prescription, explanation, or information which will be considered in determining whether a "positive" test has been satisfactorily explained.
  In addition, the student or parent/guardian may appeal by requesting that the urine specimen be tested again by the certified laboratory at a cost to the student or his/her parent/guardian.

 C.If the test is verified "positive", the principal/administrative designee will meet with the student and his/her parent/guardian at a School Corporation facility. The student and parent/guardian will be given the names of counseling and assistance agencies that the family may want to contact for help. The student will be prevented from participating in extra-curricular activities until after a "follow-up" test is requested by the principal/administrative designee and the results are reported. A "follow-up" test will be requested by the principal/administrative designee after such an interval of time that the substance previously found would normally have been eliminated from the body. If this "follow-up" test is negative, the student will be allowed to resume extra-curricular activities. If a second "positive" result is obtained from the "follow-up" test, or any later test of that participant, the same previous procedure shall be followed. In addition, the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation reserves the right to continue testing at any time during the remaining school year any participating student who tested "positive" and did not make satisfactory explanation.

 D.Information on a verified "positive" test result will be shared on a "need to know" basis with the student's coach or sponsor. The results of the "negative" tests will be kept confidential to protect the identity of all students being tested.

 E.Drug testing result sheets will be returned to the principal/administrative designee identifying students by number and not by name. Names of students tested will not be kept in open files or on any computer. Result sheets will be locked and secured in a location that only the principal/administrative designee has access to.

Financial Responsibility

 A.Under this policy, Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation will pay for all initial random drug tests, all initial reasonable suspicion drug tests, and all initial "follow-up" drug tests. (Once a student has a verified "positive" test result and has subsequently tested negative from a "follow-up" test, any future "follow-up" drug test that must be conducted will be paid for by the student or his/her parent/guardian). However, students who initially give "non consent" as defined on the form will assume the initial cost.

 B.A request on appeal for another test of a "positive" urine specimen is the financial responsibility of the student or his/her parent/guardian.

 C.Counseling and subsequent treatment by non-school agencies is the financial responsibility of the student or his/her parent/guardian.

Confidentiality

Under this drug testing program, any staff, coach or sponsor of Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation who may have knowledge of the results of a drug test will not divulge to anyone the results of the test or the disposition of the student involved, other than in the case of a legal subpoena being made upon that person in the course of a legal investigation. Once again, this will underscore the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporations' commitment to confidentiality with regards to the program.

Other Rules

Apart from this drug testing program, Rising Sun High School Athletic Department and the coaching staff/sponsor of each sport/activity have their own training rules and requirements. Coaches/sponsors have the necessary authority to enforce those rules. Any student who violates a rule or requirement as a member of a team or activity will be subject to the consequences as defined in those rules and requirements.

Adopted 2/18/14