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Drug Testing Policy

This program applies to all students in grades 7-12 who participate in competitive activities, extracurricular activities, and/or parked vehicles on SHS property during school days related to the Sylacauga City School District.

I. OVERVIEW

The Sylacauga City Board of Education (the Board) recognizes participants in the aforementioned activities as present and future assets to our academic and leadership education process. Students who participate in the activities serve as role models for other students and are a key to our goal of providing the best possible education program for all students. Drug-using student are a threat to co-participants, other students, and themselves, and may make injurious errors. For these reasons, the Sylacauga City Board of Education has adopted a policy that all students must abstain from using drugs, including alcohol and nicotine, or any other prohibited substances. To achieve our goal, and to maximize the skills and talents of our students, it is important that every student, as well as employees, of our school system understand the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. This student mandatory drug testing program was developed to rely on the guidance of the Federal Department of Transportation, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Programs, 49 C.F.R. parts 40.1 through 40.39, and on the further guidance of the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act provided in 49 C.F.R. parts 382, 391, 392 and 395 in assuring minimal intrusion and minimal invasion of the student's privacy. The Board encourages, and may require, its employees to be trained in nicotine, alcohol, and drug usage recognition skills.  Participating in competitive activities, extracurricular activities, and those students parking on campus is a privilege, not a right, and the student must be willing to conform to the guidelines of the Student Drug Abuse Policy/Procedures in order to be given the privilege to participate in these events.  Students must inform their coach or sponsor when they are legitimately possessing and taking medications which may affect their ability to practice, perform, or compete, in order to avoid creating safety problems and to remain in compliance with this policy.  Violation of these rules, including testing positive and/or refusal to undergo screening will subject the student to suspension from cocurricular activities, extracurricular activities, or any other activities in accordance with the penalty structure set forth herein. Refusal to cooperate in any test investigation may also result in immediate suspension from participating in voluntary activities.  No student testing positive, refusing to test, refusing to cooperate with testing or being in violation of this policy will be penalized academically. Information, including testing positive, shall be held in the strictest confidence and will not be released to criminal or juvenile authorities, absent compulsion by law or consent of the student.

II. PROCEDURE

1. The School Administrator, Sponsor, and Athletic Director will prepare a list of eligible student to be randomly selected by the Testing Vendor. The student will be identified by the Social Security number or student identification number. The list of students in the random pool will be updated periodically.

2. Students may be screened for any Prohibited Substance including, but not to limited , amphetamines, cannabinoids, cocaine, tobacco, nicotine, opiates, and alcohol. Students may be tested for any other Prohibited Substances (such as, but not limited to, steroids, arbiturates and benzodiazepines) without advance notice as part of the screenings performed by the Board. Such additional Prohibited Substances to be screened for shall be determined by the Drug Program Coordinator.

3. The signature of the student and parent/guardian/custodian of the Sylacauga City Board of Education Policy Consent/Release Form and Sylacauga City Board of Education Student Athlete Consent Form is responsibility of the head coaches and activity sponsors. Failure to provide student and/or parental consent will render a student ineligible from any activity for the duration of the school year.

4. The Board reserves the right to utilize urinalysis testing procedures.

5. Urine drug testing is unannounced. The day and date are selected by the Drug Program Coordinator and confirmed with the Vendor.

6. The Board will designate collection sites where individuals may provide urine specimens. The Board and the Vendor have developed and will maintain a documented procedure for collecting, shipping, and accessing urine specimens.