Here is more information that might provide answers and clarification to many of the questions that have been asked regarding the decision of the USD 330 Board of Education to move forward into developing a Random Drug Testing Policy.
Also, please remember that on July 12 at 6:30 pm @ Mission Valley there will be an open meeting to anyone that would like to ask questions and get additional information about the proposed Random Drug Testing Policy
Question: If a student is suspected of drug use, will the randomization be set aside so that particular student(s) can be tested?
Answer: The current policy being considered does not have any wording that says a student who is "suspected" will be pulled from the general sample pool and automatically tested. There is language that reads that when a student tests positive:
The student will be placed into the random drug testing pool for three (3) consecutive tests. Consecutive tests may occur over separate school years.
The student will be expected to complete follow-up drug test(s) that will be scheduled in 90-120 day increments.
Question: Is staff going to be taking the "random" tests?
Answer: No. This policy only applies to students in grades 7th-12th.
Question: How "random" are the test going to be?
Answer: The Random Drug Tests will conducted at times decided by administration. There are no set procedures on if the tests will be weekly, monthly, every 9-weeks, etc... Once a student has been tested and the results have been returned, his/her number will be placed in the general pool for further random testing. Therefore, it is possible that a student may be tested more than once during the school year and several times during their years at USD 330 Junior-Senior High School. It is believe that the first Random Drug Test will be conducted at some point during the 1st Semester of the 2018-2019 school year. The style of hair analysis testing that is being reviewed indicates that it can locate illegal substances up to 90 days in the past.
Question: Will the school be providing a cost analysis of these drug tests?
Answer: Any information/data regarding Random Drug Testing provided to the Board of Education in open session is available for the public to review. The budget for school districts is open to be the public. At this time there has not been an exact amount budgeted for this. The number of tests that occur during the course of the year will be determined by administrators and within the budget guided by the Board of Education. Before any information regarding the number of positive/negative tests is considered to be released the district will consult with legal representation to make sure that the release of such information is legal and does not identify information specific to any student.
Question: Is the school getting some sort of grant or special funding for this? Where is the money coming from?
Answer: The school is not receiving any grant or special funding. Funding will come from monies received in the General Fund.
Question: What is the Random Drug Testing Process?
Answer: Drug Testing Process:
The testing facility selected by the board of education will randomly select students to be tested from the eligible pool of students mentioned above for testing throughout the school year. Parents/Guardians will be notified in advance by the Principal or Principal’s designee of students who have been selected for testing and have the option to be present when test samples are taken.
The Principal or designee will clip a sample of hair from the student and place it in an envelope. The student will witness the sealing of the envelope, confirm his/her identification number, and verify or “vouch for” accuracy by initialing the envelope.
The collected samples will be sent to the drug testing facility selected by the board of education for analysis. No other lab may be used.
Parents/Guardians will be contacted by the Principal or designee and given the results of each test within two to four weeks of the submission of the hair sample. Contact by phone, email, and/or mail will be made for negative test results. Contact by phone or certified mail will be made for positive test results.
Students whose test has a positive result will meet with their parents/guardians and the Principal or designee to review consequences.
Positive test results are considered cumulative during a student’s junior high and high school years.
Positive/negative test results will be available only to the student, the parents/guardians, and only to school officials who have a legitimate educational need to know.
Once a student has been tested and the results have been returned, his/her number will be placed in the general pool for further random testing. Therefore, it is possible that a student may be tested more than once during the school year and several times during their years at USD 330 Junior-Senior High School
If parents/guardians question the validity of the test results they may request a second test be conducted on the same hair specimen, if sufficient hair remains at the lab from the first sample, at their own expense. A test result may be challenged within (5) five calendar days of the results being shared with the parent in writing. It is important to note that any positive results will have had two completely separate tests performed – an immunoassay screen and a mass spectrometry confirmation test, prior to the notification of a positive result. During the time of the appeal, the student will not be able to participate or attend extra-curricular activities.
The Testing Facility uses a liquefying method to process hair samples. Positive results for prescription medication will be made negative after valid copies of the prescription are received by the school. To help ensure valid test results, students taking prescription medications and/or any supplements will write the names of any and all medications or supplements they are taking on the envelope that will be sent to the lab.
Any student who refuses to submit to a drug test after being randomly selected and is currently participating, has participated in, or plans to participate in any of the school activities offered will have participation suspended until a test is taken.
The student and/or the student’s parents will be advised of nearby drug assessment program(s) available to the student. If the student participates in an evaluation and is enrolled in a qualified, ongoing treatment program, he or she may be eligible for a reduced suspension from school activities
Use, consumption of, and/or possession of any drug and/or alcohol on school property is prohibited, and students are subject to the disciplinary actions outlined in the student handbook.
The board reserves the right to have its staff randomly use a Breathalyzer (or other instant tests such as saliva tests) for students participating in school activities, including, but not limited to, school dances.
In order for a student to be eligible to participate in or be a spectator at any extra-curricular activities as outlined in this policy, the student must have a completed and signed a consent for random drug testing opt in form on file in the USD 330 Mission Valley Jr-Sr High School Office within two weeks of enrolling. Failure to have a completed and signed consent for random drug testing opt in form on file in the school office within two weeks of enrolling will result in the student being ineligible for the entire nine (9) weeks/first quarter that follows. The student will have the opportunity to turn in a completed and signed consent for random drug testing opt in form at the beginning of the second/third/fourth quarters of the school calendar to regain eligibility to participate in or be a spectator at any extra-curricular activities.