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Feedback for Potential Random Student Drug Testing Policy

 

The Raymond Central Board of Education is in the process of seeking feedback for a potential student drug testing policy. Developing a policy is a team-oriented effort that requires the help of numerous school officials, coaches, counselors, parents, students, and sometimes local law enforcement. Each of these individuals will have an integral part to play because they each bring perspective to the situation. No timeline for adoption or implementation has been created for a random student drug testing policy.

The purpose of a random student drug testing policy is to provide students with a safe and healthy culture, early identification and treatment for students, protection of students from adverse effects, and it gives students a reason to say no. The drug-testing policy is part of an overall priority to keep all students safe at Raymond Central.  The goal is not to levy discipline, but rather to aid in the discovery and prevention of possible drug-related problems. The key component of this policy is opening the lines of communication between students and parents about the serious matter of drug usage and abuse.

Overall, the goal of creating a random student drug testing policy for students who represent Raymond Central outside of the classroom in extracurricular events is to:

  1. Deter students from initiating drug use
  2. Confidentially identify students who have started using drugs or alcohol so that parents and professionals can intervene early.
  3. Help students who have a dependency on drugs and alcohol, so that they can be referred to drug treatment or counseling services.
  4. Promote a safer, healthier school learning environment

Brief Overview of the Draft Policy

Who gets tested and how are they selected?

  • All students in RC who choose to participate in extracurricular activities. A student using drugs is a danger to him or herself as well as other students. This policy includes students in grades 7-12.
    • As a condition of participating in extracurricular activities, students and their parents must consent to random drug testing of the students as further defined in this policy.
  • Procedures for the random urine drug testing of RC students begins with a list of eligible students. This list will be forwarded to the vendor of choice who will use a system to assure that students are selected in a random fashion. This system will utilize a computer-based system designed specifically for the purpose of selecting individuals for drug testing.
  • Urine drug testing is unannounced. The day and date are selected by the school’s designated official and confirmed by the vendor. Random testing can be done up to bi-weekly, but not during holidays and spring break.
  • This program does not affect other policies and practices of the Raymond Central Public Schools in dealing with drugs or alcohol use or possession where reasonable suspicion is obtained by means other than the mandatory and random sampling discussed in this policy.

What is tested for?

  • Alcohol, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Barbiturates, Valium, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Marijuana, Methadone, Opiates, Oxycodone/Hydrocodone, Phencyclidine, Propoxyphene
    • Cost: $30 per test, paid for by the school district.
  • All specimens are sent to a SAMHSA Certified Laboratory and confirmed by LC/MS or GC/MS

 

RESOURCES and SURVEY LINK

SAMPLE/DRAFT Student Drug Testing Policy

District Presentation for 5.13.19 Community Discussion

State of Nebraska 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

After reviewing both the sample/draft policy and the community presentation, complete the SURVEY to provide feedback for the Board of Education.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the district office at 402-785-2615.