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Drug Testing Policy

Cabool R-IV School District
Student Extracurricular Activities
Drug Testing Policy

The Cabool R-IV Board of Education, in an effort to protect the health and safety of its students involved in extracurricular activities from illegal drug use and abuse or injuries resulting from the use of drugs, thereby setting an example for all other students of the Cabool R-IV School District, adopts the following policy for drug testing of students participating in extracurricular activities.

1. Statement Of Purpose And Intent
a. It is the desire of the Board of Education, administration, and staff that every student in the Cabool R-IV School District refrains from using, possessing, or distributing illegal drugs, including alcohol. The sanctions of this policy relate solely to limiting the opportunity of any student in violation of this policy to participate in extracurricular activities. This policy is intended to supplement and complement all other policies, rules, and regulations of the Cabool R-IV School District regarding possession or use of illegal drugs and alcohol.

b. Participation in school sponsored extracurricular activities at the Cabool R-IV School District is a privilege. Accordingly, students in these activities carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow students, their parents, and their school to set the highest possible examples of conduct, which includes avoiding the use or possession of illegal drugs, including alcohol.

c. The purpose of this policy is to prevent illegal use of drugs and to strive within the Cabool R-IV School District for an environment free of illegal drug use and abuse. The sanctions of this policy relate solely to limiting the opportunity of any student found to be in violation of this policy to participate in extracurricular activities. There will be no academic sanction for violation of this policy, except to the extent that a violation of this policy would also constitute violation of the District’s discipline policy. If the District’s discipline drug and/or alcohol policy is violated, the student will be subject to the penalties of the discipline policy and the violation will also be counted as a violation of the “Extracurricular Activities Drug Testing policy.”

d. Illegal drug use of any kind is incompatible with participation in extracurricular activities of the Cabool R-IV School District. For the safety, health and well being of the students of the Cabool R-IV School District, the Cabool R-IV School District has adopted this policy for use by all students participating in extracurricular activities in grades 9-12.

2. Definitions
a. “Extracurricular Activities” in this drug testing policy means those extra activities that take place outside the regular academic course of study in school. The students involved in those activities will be reflected in the “Club & Activities Rosters”, finalized September 20th of each year, and the “MSHSAA Academic and Athletic Eligibility Master Rosters”. Other students may be added to the list of extracurricular activities as additional activities are organized, for example, school plays, quiz bowl teams, etc. These students will be added to the Club and Activities Rosters and placed in the random sample pool during the next regular scheduled test.

b. “Drug Use Test” means a scientifically substantiated method to test for the presence of illegal drugs, alcohol, or the metabolites thereof in a person’s system.

c. “Illegal Drugs” means any substance that an individual may not sell, possess, use, distribute, or purchase under either Federal or Missouri Law. “Illegal Drugs” includes, but is not limited to, all scheduled drugs as defined by Missouri Law, all prescription drugs obtained without authorization, and all prescribed and over-the counter drugs being used for an abusive purpose, as well as alcohol.

d. “Positive,” when referring to a drug test administered under this policy means a toxicological test result which is considered to demonstrate the presence of an illegal drug or the metabolites thereof using the standards customarily established by the testing laboratory administering the drug use test.

e. “Reasonable Suspicion” means a suspicion based on specific personal observations concerning the appearance, speech, or behavior of a participating student, and reasonable inferences drawn from those observations in the light of experience. Information provided by a reliable source, if based on personal knowledge, shall constitute reasonable suspicion.

3. Procedure
a. Each student who wishes to participate in extracurricular activities shall receive copies of the “Student Extracurricular Activities Drug Testing Policy” and “Student Extracurricular Activities Drug Testing Consent Form” which shall be read, signed and dated by the student, parent and/or guardian. Students must turn in the “Student Extracurricular Activities Testing Consent” form to the high school office by September 20th. Students may regain eligibility in these matters by turning in their drug testing forms after September 20th; however, they will not regain eligibility to participate until the 1st day of the month following their completion and submission of the drug testing consent form. For example, any student who does not turn in the required forms by October 1st will not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities during the remainder of that month. Transfer students will be placed in the testing pool when they complete and submit the “Student Extracurricular Activities Drug Testing Consent Form” and their name is added to the MSHSAA Master Roster or Club and Activities Roster.

b. Students will be required to provide fluid drug samples as follows:
i. Each month, September thru May, twenty (20) students will be selected from a random selection basis from the list of all students participating in extracurricular activities.
ii. At any time required based on reasonable suspicion to be tested for illegal drugs.

c. Any drug use test required by the Cabool R-IV School District under the terms of this policy will be administered by or at the direction of a professional laboratory chosen by the Cabool R-IV School District using scientifically validated toxicological methods. The professional laboratory shall be required to have detailed written specifications to assure chain of custody of the specimens, proper laboratory control, and scientific testing.

d. All aspects of the drug-testing program, including the taking of specimens, will be conducted so as to safeguard the personal and privacy rights of students to the maximum degree possible. The test specimen shall be obtained in a manner designed to minimize intrusiveness of the procedure. If at any time during the testing procedure the monitor has reason to believe or suspect that a student is tampering with the specimen, the monitor may stop the procedure and inform the principal who will then determine if a new sample should be obtained.

e. If the test for any student has a positive result, the laboratory will contact the principal. The principal will contact the student and the student’s parents or guardians, and schedule a conference. At the conference, the principal will solicit any explanation of the positive result.

f. If the student asserts that the positive test results are caused by something other than consumption of an illegal drug, then the student will be given an opportunity to present evidence of same in writing to the principal. For each positive test result, the laboratory conducts a confirmation test using the same sample. The Cabool R-IV School District will rely on the opinion of the laboratory which performs the confirmation test, and a medical review officer in determining whether the positive test result was produced by something other than consumption of an illegal drug. The principal will make a final decision within five (5) working days of the result of the confirmation test.

g. This decision may be appealed in writing to the Cabool R-IV School District’s Superintendent within five (5) working days. The Superintendent will make a written decision within five (5) working days.

h. The decision of the Superintendent may be appealed in writing to the Cabool R-IV Board of Education within five (5) working days. Policy JGD of the Cabool R-IV School District’s rules and regulations will be followed in case of an appeal.

i. A student who has tested positive, is removed from activities, and has served his/her suspension, will be required to pass one or more additional drug tests to demonstrate the student is no longer using illegal drugs before he or she may rejoin the extracurricular activities. The cost of the retest(s) will be the obligation of the student or the parent or custodial guardian.

j. All parents or guardians of students who test negative on a drug test will be contacted by personnel of the Cabool R-IV School District within five (5) days after testing.

4. Violation - Any student who tests positive in a drug use test under this policy shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. For the first offense, the student shall be suspended from participation in all extracurricular activities including all meetings, practices, performances, and competitions, for 9 successive weeks (63 days) from the date of the initial positive test result. During this time, it is recommended that the parent/guardian obtain a substance abuse evaluation and education/counseling for the student. Student will be referred to a counselor outside of school for counseling.

b. For the second offense, the student shall be suspended from participation in all extracurricular activities including all meetings, practices, performances, and competition for 52 successive weeks from the date of the initial positive test result. During this time, it is recommended that the parent/guardian obtain a substance abuse evaluation and education/counseling for the student. Student will be referred to a counselor outside of school for counseling.

c. For the third offense, the student shall be suspended from participation in all extracurricular activities including all meetings, practices, performances, and competition for the length of the student’s enrollment at the Cabool R-IV School District from the date of the initial positive test result. During this time, it is recommended that the parent/guardian obtain a substance abuse evaluation and education/counseling for the student. Student will be referred to a counselor outside of school for counseling.

5. Refusal To Submit To Drug Use Test
If a student involved in extracurricular activities refuses to submit to a drug test authorized under this policy, it will be treated as a positive test result and the student will be suspended from participation for the length of time designated in the applicable number of offense.

Any student who has a positive initial test and refuses to complete the required paperwork for a confirmation test will be treated as a refusal to submit to testing.
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