The Uinta County School District #1 recognizes that drug abuse is a significant health problem for students, detrimentally affecting overall health, behavior, learning ability, reflexes, and the total development of each individual. The Uinta County School District #1 Board of Education is determined to help students by providing another option for them to say “No”. Drug abuse includes, but is not limited to, the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and the misuse of legal drugs and medications.
Drug: Any substance considered illegal by Wyoming Statutes or which is controlled by the Food & Drug Administration unless prescribed by a licensed physician or any legal substance used for mind altering purpose.
Activity Programs: Any Activity that meets the guidelines of the Wyoming High School Activities Association and Uinta County School District #1 sanctioned activities.
School Year: From the first day of classes in the fall, unless the activity begins prior to the first day of classes, in which event, from the first day of practice through the last day of classes in the spring.
Uinta County School District #1 (“the district”) is conducting a mandatory drug-testing program for students. Its purpose is threefold: (1) to provide for the health and safety of students in all Activity Programs; (2) to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use illegal drugs; and (3) to encourage students who use drugs to participate in drug treatment programs.
PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS:
Consent: Each student wishing to participate in any activity program does consent to drug testing pursuant to the District’s drug testing program and the student’s custodial parent or guardian shall consent in writing to drug testing pursuant to the District’s drug testing program. Written consent shall be in the form attached to this policy as FORM A. No student shall be allowed to participate in any activity program absent such consent.
Students not involved in activities may be allowed to voluntarily participate in the testing pool with a consent form signed by the parent.
Student Selection: At the option of the district, all students in activity programs may be drug tested at the beginning of the school year. In addition, random testing will be conducted weekly during the school year. Selection for random testing will be by lottery drawing from a “pool” of all students participating in activity programs in the district at the time of the drawing. A single test can be required by a principal from a student for reasonable suspicion. The superintendent shall take all reasonable steps to assure the integrity, confidentiality and random nature of the selection process including, but not necessarily limited to, assuring that the names of all participating students are in the pool, assuring that the person drawing names has no way of knowingly choosing or failing to choose particular students for the testing, assuring that the identity of students drawn for testing is not known to those involved in the selection process and assuring direct observation of the process by the least intrusive means possible while assuring brevity and privacy.
Samples will be collected at a mutually convenient time on the same day the student is selected for testing or if the student is absent on that day, on the day of the student’s return to school. If a student is unable to produce a sample at any particular time, the student will stay under supervision until the sample is provided. All students providing samples will be given the option of doing so alone in an individual stall with the door closed.
Any student who willfully provides a false testing sample or who otherwise tampers with a specimen sample or undertakes any effort to obstruct or impair the accuracy of a substance test will be suspended from participation in activities for the remainder of the school year. If this occurs in the spring semester, the student will not be able to participate in the fall.
The district will choose a qualified agency for the purpose of processing sample results and maintaining privacy with respect to test results and related matters.
Students who are taking prescription medication may provide a copy of the prescription or a doctor’s verification, which will be considered in determining whether a “positive” test has been satisfactorily explained. That documentation will be forwarded to the testing lab with instructions for the lab to consider the student’s use of such medication to assure the accuracy of the result. Students who refuse to provide verification and test positive will be subject to the actions specified below for “positive tests.”
SCOPE OF TESTS
The drug screen tests for one or more illegal drugs. The superintendent or his designee shall decide from week to week which illegal substances shall be screened, but in no event shall that determination be made after selection of students for testing. Student samples will not be screened for the presence of any substances other than illegal drugs or performance enhancements drugs or for the existence of any physical condition other than drug intoxication. As a quality control measure, the school reserves the right to send any urine sample that appears unusual in color and/or consistency to a laboratory for testing and confirmation or non-confirmation.
LIMITED ACCESS TO RESULTS
The results will be reported only to the superintendent or to such person as the superintendent may designate in the event the superintendent is absent.
PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE RESULT
Whenever a student’s test result indicates the presence of illegal drugs (“positive test”), the following will occur:
If the sample tests positive, a custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified. The sample will then be sent to a laboratory selected by the screening agency. If the sample still reads positive a meeting will be scheduled with the Superintendent or his designee, the student, the custodial parent or legal guardian, and the student’s principal and head coach or sponsor.
FIRST POSITIVE RESULT
For a positive result, the student will be placed on probation and not be allowed to participate in competitions, presentations and activities of Uinta County School District #1 for a period of twenty school days. The student will be recommended for counseling.
After the twenty day suspension, the student will be retested. If the tests results are found to be negative, the student will again become eligible for competitions, presentations and activities relating to Uinta County School District #1. However, the student must submit to a mandatory drug screen or lab test on a monthly basis. The duration to be determined by the intervention program. (A maximum of six months.)
A student may be required to practice or participate at the head coach’s or sponsor’s discretion. He/she cannot compete or dress out for any competition and will not be permitted to travel with the team to any competitions or performances.
SECOND POSITIVE RESULT
For the second positive result in the same year or any two consecutive calendar years, the student will be suspended from participating in activities for the remainder of the school year. If this positive test is in the spring semester, the student will not be able to participate during the following fall semester.
THIRD POSITIVE RESULT
For the third positive result, the student will be suspended from participating in activities for the remainder of his enrollment with the school. (may be appealed to the board)
NON-PUNITIVE NATURE OF POLICY
No student shall be penalized academically for testing positive for illegal drugs. The results of drug tests pursuant to this policy will not be documented in any student’s academic records. Information regarding the results of drug tests will not be disclosed to criminal or juvenile authorities absent legal compulsion by valid and binding subpoena or other legal process, which the district shall not solicit. In the event of service of any such subpoena or legal process, the student and the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified as soon as possible by the district.
OTHER DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
The District by accepting this policy is not precluded from utilizing other disciplinary measures set forth in the Student Discipline Policy and this policy does not preclude the District from taking disciplinary procedure and resulting action when founded upon reasonable belief and suspicion that a student has participated in drug related activities.