Drug-Testing Policy

Drug-Testing Policy

DRUG TESTING POLICY
ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
 
 
The ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS Board of Education Drug Testing Policy was formed because of a concern that alcohol and illicit drugs may be used by ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS High School students. The ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS Board of Education desires to implement a policy which will attempt to provide this district with a safe and healthful student program. This policy reflects the ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS Board of Education and the community¹s strong commitment to establish a truly drug and alcohol-free school program. Because of the pervasive nature of drug use in our local schools, ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS have selected student athletes, students who participate in competitive extra-curricular activities, and students who, along with consent from their parents, volunteer to be tested, for inclusion in the testing pool. This policy applies to all athletes, volunteers and extracurricular activities from grades 7-12.
 
PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY SHALL BE:
1. To provide a healthy and safe environment to all students participating in the athletic and extracurricular program.
2. To discourage all students from using drugs and alcohol.
a. Students will assume all responsibility for regulating their personal lives in ways that will result in their becoming healthful members of a team and worthy representatives of the school and community.
3. To provide students with the opportunity to become leaders in the student body for a drug free school.
4. To provide solutions for the student who does use drugs and alcohol.
5. To provide the school with positive guidelines and disciplinary policies for violations of the drug free policy.
6. To encourage those students who participate in athletic and extracurricular programs to remain drug free and alcohol free.
 
The program does not affect the current policies, practices, or rights of the District regarding student drug and/or alcohol possession or use, where reasonable suspicion is established by means other than drug testing through this policy. The drug testing policy is non-punitive.
Students involved in extra-curricular activities need to be exemplary in the eyes of the community and other students. The drug testing and education policy is designed to create a safe, drug free environment for students and assist them in getting help when needed. Although students risk the loss of continued participation in extra-curricular activities, no student shall be suspended or expelled from school as a result of any certified "positive" test conducted by his/her school under this program. 
No student will be penalized academically for testing positive for banned substances. The results of drug tests will not be documented in any student's academic record. 
Any student is grades seven (7) through twelve (12) and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must first sign a drug testing registration/consent form in order to be eligible to participate in any one (1) or combination of the following:
A. athletics 
B. extra-curricular activities other than athletics, including marching band, Devilettes, and cheerleaders
 
DEFINITIONS
1. STUDENT ATHLETE
Any person participating in the ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS High School athletic program and/or contests under the control and jurisdiction of the ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS and/or the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). This policy also includes cheerleaders and members of the marching band.
 
2. EXTRACURRICULAR
Any activity of a competitive nature that does not involve a grade.
 
3. ATHLETIC SEASON
In-season start dates will begin as published by the Ohio High School Athletic Association or sanctioning organization and continue until the completion of awards program for that sport for the ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS. There are three athletic seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring. Once entered, the student will participate in the drug testing program for 1 year from date of signing consent.
 
4. RANDOM SELECTION
A system of selecting athletes for drug and alcohol testing in which each athlete shall have a fair and equitable chance of being selected each time selections are required.
 
5. ILLEGAL/ILLICIT DRUGS
Any substance included in U.S.C. 802 (6), which an individual may not sell, offer to sell, possess, give, exchange, use, distribute, or purchase under State or Federal Law. This definition also includes all prescribed and over-the-counter drugs being used in any way other than for medical purposes in accordance with the directions for use provided for in the prescription or by the manufacturer. We may also test for Nicotine and Steroids.
 
6. ALCOHOL
Any intoxicating liquor, beer, wine, mixed beverage, or malt liquor beverage as defined in the Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.01. The term “alcoholic beverage” includes any liquid or substance, such as “near beer” which contains alcohol in any proportion or percentage. The term “alcoholic beverage” does not include a substance used for medical purposes in accordance with directions for use provided in a prescription or by the manufacturer and in accordance with school district policy and rules related to the use of prescription and non-prescription drugs, provided the substance is a) authorized by a medical prescription from a licensed physician and kept in the original container, which shall state the student¹s name and directions for use or b) an over-the-counter medicine.
 
TYPES OF TESTING
1. TEAM TESTING
At the beginning of each season, all eligible students will submit to urine drug and alcohol testing. This testing will be completed within the first two weeks of the season on a specified date and time. The collection process will take place on school property or at a Board of Education approved testing facility. The Head Coach is responsible for ensuring that all student athletes and their parent/guardian/custodian properly sign the INFORMED CONSENT AGREEMENT prior to testing. Any student moving into the District shall be tested prior to the time he/she joins the team.
 
2. RANDOM TESTING
In-session random testing shall be done throughout the season. Each team may have up to 20% of its eligible students tested per random selection. A student may be tested more than once per season. In the event of a positive result, the specimen will be sent to a laboratory for confirmation of results and a certified Medical Review Officer will determine the results. 
a. Random selection of student athletes:

The Athletic Director, under the Principal’s supervision, will use a system to ensure that students are selected in a random fashion. This system may include computer generated random numbers or names or by pulling numbers from a pool of numbers equal to the number of eligible student athletes.

b. Scheduling of random testing:
Random testing will be unannounced. The day and date will be selected by the Athletic Director and confirmed with the building administrator. Random testing may be done weekly.
 
3. DRUGS FOR WHICH ATHLETES MAY BE TESTED:
LSD, Alcohol, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methadone, Anabolic Steroids, Methaqualone, Barbiturates, Nicotine (Tobacco), Benzodiazepines, Opiates, Cocaine, Propoyphene (Darvon), or Any substance included in U.S.C. 802 (6), which an individual may not sell, offer to sell, possess, give, exchange, use, distribute, or purchase under State or Federal Law. This definition also includes all prescribed and over-the-counter drugs being used in any way other than for medical purposes in accordance with the directions for use provided for in the prescription or by the manufacturer.
 
4. COLLECTION PROCESS (Urine Screens; other testing types may apply)
  • The student will be notified to report to the collection site. A specimen from the student will be collected as follows and all students must follow this process:
  • All students must have a picture ID or be identified by the Athletic Director or Principal. No exceptions will be allowed.
  • Drug testing area must be secured during the testing.
  • Only lab technicians, designated school administrator and students will be witness to the test.
Privacy must be kept for all students.
  • The Athletic Director is responsible for ensuring that all of the forms are completed and signed by both parent/guardian/custodian and student. No student is to enter the collection site until forms, money and proper ID are completed.
  • When students arrive and cannot give a sample, they will need to start drinking water, pop or juice. After 36 oz. the human body will need to urinate.
  • No bags, backpacks, purses, cups, containers or drinks will be allowed to enter the collection area. All coats, vests, jackets, sweaters, hats, scarves or baggy clothing must be removed before entering the collection site. Only pants and t-shirts or dresses may be worn in the collection area. Any infringement of the rules will result in the student taking the test over.
  • Students processed by the lab technician who cannot produce a sample will be kept in a secured area to wait until they can test. If they leave this area they will not be allowed to test. They are not to have contact with anyone until after the sample is given.
  • Students will be asked to hold out their hands and a sanitizer will be put on their hands or will wash hands with water. The bathroom personnel will add a dye to the toilet.
  • Students will be asked to urinate directly into the collection cup given to them by the lab personnel. The lab technician will stand outside the stall and listen for normal sounds of urination.
  • Any and all adulterations of the specimen will be detected and considered the same as a test refusal or 1st time infraction. (The lab checks every sample for adulteration, such as additives you drink or add to urine to change the sample.)
  • Adulterations: We will treat adulterations and diluted samples as first time offenses. They are not called positives but have the same consequences. A retest will be required within 24 hours.
  • Any suspicion of tampering with the sample will be brought to the tester¹s attention. The sample will be screened or sent to the lab for immediate confirmation of tampering.
  • The sample must be taken in one attempt and be at least 30 ml in size. The student must hand the cup to the lab technician.
  • Students are not to flush the toilets or urinals. In the event that a student flushes the toilet he or she will be required to give a new sample immediately or the sample will be invalid.
  • With student watching, the lab technician will recap the sample and hand it to the student who must then return it to the intake technician. In the event that the student does not hand the cup directly to the intake technician, the sample is invalid and a new sample must be taken. If the student leaves the collection area or has contact with anyone, the sample will be invalid and the student will have to give another sample.
  • This collection procedure is subject to change because of procedural requirements by the testing agency. The School Board reserves the right to change the collection procedure to coincide with the testing guidelines set forth by the testing agency.
  • When using rapid screens, all non-negative screens will be sent out with a chain of custody to a certified laboratory for confirmation. A Certified Medical Review Officer will verify the positive test.
  • Any student that tests positive will have to be tested weekly for the term of a 5 week program with drug counseling at the expense of the student and or parent. Testing will be done by Great Lakes Biomedical only so long as this is the company the school selects.
 
5. RESULTS OF A POSITIVE TEST
Any positive urine drug test results will be made known to the building administrator, who in turn will notify the parents/guardians/custodians and student. 
 
6.  IF A POSITIVE TEST OCCURS (per the Extracurricular Code of Conduct):
 
DRUG & ALCOHOL PENALTIES
First Violation Second Violation Third Violation
1. The penalty for a first violation will be denial of athletic or club participation for 20% of the scheduled contests of the sport or length of the club activity. For an athlete, any remaining percentage of the prohibition of participation not served shall be applied toward the next sport in which the athlete participates. 1. Upon confirmation of the second violation, athletic participation will be denied 50% of the scheduled contests of that sport, or 50% of the length of the club activity. For an athlete, any remaining percentage of the prohibition of participation not served shall be applied toward the next sport in which the athlete participates. 1. The student-athlete found in violation for a third time shall be denied athletic participation for the remainder of their athletic career. A club member shall be denied further participation in club activities.
2. The student agrees to complete a program of counseling as established by the district drug education coordinator. (An unexcused absence from a session will immediately reactivate the original prohibition of participation.) 2. The student agrees to complete a program of counseling as established by the district drug education coordinator. (An unexcused absence from a session will immediately reactivate the original prohibition of participation.) 2. After one calendar year from determination of his/her guilt an appeal can be made to the appeals board for reinstatement contingent upon substantiated rehabilitation.
3. The student agrees to revoke any leadership positions, such as, but not limited to, team captain or club president, and will not hold any leadership positions on athletic teams or in clubs for the remainder of the school year. He/She will also forfeit individual recognition for awards such as Team MVP, Most Courageous, etc. 3. The student-athlete must attend practice. He/She must travel with the team. He/She must sit on the bench with the team. He/She cannot be in uniform.  
 4. The student-athlete must attend practice. He/She must travel with the team. He/She must sit on the bench with the team. He/She cannot be in uniform.    

 

TOBACCO & ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES PENALTIES:
First Violation Second Violation Third Violation Fourth Violation
1. Denial of athletic participation or club activities for 10% of the scheduled contests of that sport or club activities. For an athlete, any remaining percentage of the prohibition of participation not served shall be applied toward the next sport in which the student-athlete participates. 1. Denial of athletic participation or club activities for 20% of the scheduled contests of that sport or club acivities. For an athlete, any remaining percentage of the prohibition of participation not served shall be applied toward the next sport in which the student-athlete participates. 1. Denial of athletic participation or club activities for 50% of the scheduled contests of that sport or club activities. For an athlete, any remaining percentage of the prohibition of participation not served shall be applied toward the next sport in which the student-athlete participates. 1. The student or club member found in violation a fourth time shall be prohibited from athletic participation for the remainder of the athletic career. A club member shall be denied further participation in club activities.
2. The student will be required to perform 6 hours of community service as approved by the school administration. 2. The student will be required to perform 10 hours of a Tobacco Education Program as approved by school administration and conduct 6 hours of Community Service. 2. The student will be required to perform 10 hours of a Tobacco Education Program as approved by school administration and conduct 6 hours of Community Service. 2. After one calendar year from determination of his/her guilt, an appeal can be made to the appeals board for reinstatement contingent upon substantiated rehabilitation.
3. The student-athlete must attend practice. He/She must travel with the team. He/She must sit on the bench with the team. He/She cannot be in uniform. 3. The student agrees to revoke any leadership positions, such as, but not limited to, team captain or club president, and will not hold any leadership positions on athletic teams or in clubs for the remainder of the school year. He/She will also forfeit individual recognition for awards. 3. The student agrees to revoke any leadership positions, such as, but not limited to, team captain or club president, and will not hold any leadership positions on athletic teams or in clubs for the remainder of the school year. He/She will also forfeit individual recognition for awards.  
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