UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW
007.0630 Drug and Alcohol Testing of Students Participating in Extracurricular Activities
REVISES 007.0630 DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES LAST APPROVED 8/9/11
1.0 PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVIES
1.1 Health and safety of the individual and others: Any student participation in an activity under the influence of an illegal drug or alcohol may create a risk of death or serious bodily injury, not only to the student, but to other participants and spectators.
1.2 Prevention: Students will have an additional reason (i.e., participation in student activity programs) to avoid the use of drugs.
1.3 Intervention: Identifies individuals participating in activities who have a problem with alcohol or drugs and encourage intervention.
2.1 “Alcohol” means any beverage as defined under Utah Code 34-38-2
2.2 “Non-Punitive Test results will not be disclosed to law enforcement or juvenile authorities without a valid binding subpoena.
2.3 “Drug” means any controlled substance as defined in Utah Code 34-38-2 except those possessed and/or used by a valid prescription.
2.4 “UHSAA” means The Utah High School Activities Association.
2.5 “Extracurricular” means student council, Cheerleading, all sports sponsored by the UHSAA and other activities as identified and approved by the board.
2.6 “Student Participation” means any student participating extracurricular activities sponsored by the Uintah School District.
2.7 “Activity Season” means the period beginning on the first day of practice allowed by the UHSAA for any sport and the last day of competition for the sport season; for an organization (student council, cheerleading) the time they are enrolled or participating.
3.0 CONSENT FORM/INTIAL DRUG SCREENING
3.1 Before any student is allowed to try-out for any Extracurricular Activity, the student and the student’s custodial parent or lawful guardian shall sign and return a written consent form for Drug testing. Students are ineligible to try-out until this form has been completed. Students will be subject to a Drug screening before they are allowed to try-out for an Extracurricular Activity.
4.0 RANDOM STUDENT SELECTION
4.1 Random Drug testing will be conducted during the season on a schedule determined by the school. If the participant has already been initially subjected to testing as a result of his/her participation in a prior activity, he/she will continue to have his/her name in the pool consisting of all students.
4.2 Selection for testing will be by lottery drawing. Reasonable steps will be taken to assure the integrity, confidentiality and random nature of the selection process.
5.0 PROCEDURE FOR RANDOM DRAWING
5.1 Each participant will be assigned a number at the beginning of the Extracurricular Activity Season or session.
5.2 These numbers and the identity of the student to whom such number is assigned will be known only to the school’s designees. The number will be in a secure place accessible only to authorized personnel.
6.0 URINE/SALIVA/HAIR/SAMPLING PROCEDURE/
6.1 On the day the student numbers are drawn for testing, those students selected will be notified and must immediately report to the designated place to produce a urine sample.
6.2 Samples will be collected at an appropriate school site and on the same day the student is selected for testing. If the student is absent on that day, the testing will take place on the next testing day. If a student is unable to produce the urine sample, he/she will remain under supervision until a sample can be provided. If a student is unable to produce the urine sample, within 30 minutes he/she will be considered positive for the test.
7.0 PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
7.1 Students selected for random Drug testing may, prior to the test, disclose any prescription medications and supplements they are currently taking. The school’s designee has the right to confirm the authenticity of the medications with parents.
8.0 SCOPE OF TEST (But not limited to)
8.1 Amphetamines, Opiates (Oxycontin), Barbiturates, Marijuana (level 20, 50, and 100), Benzodiazepines, PCP, Cocaine, Propoxyphene, Alcohol and Creatinine level Methadone.
9.0 ACCESS TO RESULTS
9.1 The testing agency will be authorized to report results only to the school designee(s). Test results shall be destroyed at the end of each year, unless conditions for future participation that were mandated following a positive test have not been met.
9.2 Results will be given to the parent/guardian of the student being tested.
10.0 PROCEDURES FOR A POSITIVE RESULT
10.1 If a student tests positive, the parent will be notified. A student or parent may contest the results of the random test and request a second reading. Students will remain under supervision of the test administrator or school authority until the second reading is completed. If a parent cannot be contacted, a second reading will be conducted.
11.0 CONSEQUENCES OF POSTIVE RESULT
11.1 “First Offense” means if a first offense should occur during the school year, the student will be suspended for the remainder of that particular Activity Season. If that student wants to participate in another activity during his/her high school career, he/she must successfully complete a Drug and Alcohol screening through a licensed substance abuse intervention or treatment program where a prescribed follow up (counseling, etc.) is required and provide a negative sample. This assessment and testing will be paid for by the student or parent.
11.2 “Second Offense” means if a second offense should occur during the school year, the student will be suspended from participation in all Extracurricular activities (as previously defined) for the remainder of the school year. In order to participate in any Extracurricular activities during his/her school career, the student must successfully complete a Drug and Alcohol screening through a licensed substance abuse intervention or treatment program where a prescribed follow up (counseling, etc.) is required and provide a negative sample. This assessment and testing will be paid for by the student or parent.
11.3 “Refusal to be Tested” means if a student refuses to be tested, he/she will be treated as if he/she tests positive on the first or second.
11.4 “Self-Report” means a student-athlete self reports usage of Drugs or Alcohol, they will face the consequences as described in the “First Offense” or “Second Offense” section of the “Drug and Alcohol Testing of Students Participation in Extracurricular Activities Policy”. The student-athlete could be allowed to attend practice for the remainder of the season. They would not be able to travel with the team, be on the sideline, in the locker room, be in a school uniform or anyway represent Uintah High School during a game or scrimmage. The student would not be given any post-season honors including a “Letter”.
12.0 NON PUNITIVE NATURE OF POLICY
12.1 No student shall be penalized academically for testing positive for use of illegal Drugs or Alcohol, nor shall any student be denied the right to participate in or otherwise be denied any benefits, services, or programs of the school, other than participation in the activity programs as outlined above. The results of the Drug test pursuant to this policy will not be documented in any student’s academic records. Information regarding the results of the Drug tests shall be kept confidential among the building principal, designees, any employee with a need to know, the student’s parent or legal guardian, and the student. In particular, test results will not be disclosed to law enforcement or juvenile authorities without a valid and binding subpoena or other process issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
13.0 VOLUNTARY TESTING PROGRAM
13.1 Uintah School District is committed to helping students who are encountering Drug or Alcohol problems. The district recognizes that a student with a substance abuse problem is not able to work to his/her full potential. To assist in the ultimate goal of Drug free school and Drug free students, the district will provide a referral for voluntary Drug testing/screening to any student whose parents requests that the testing be done.
14.0 If a school official or the student’s parent(s) has reasonable suspicion a student, who is eligible or has been eligible for random Drug testing, could be subject to a Drug test.