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Drug Testing Policy

Waxahachie ISD’s policy is to conduct random drug testing on students in grades 7-12 that participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities (both UIL and non-UIL sanctioned). This includes students who park on a WISD campus.

WISD and the Board of Trustees believe that the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities is a privilege offered to eligible students on an equal-opportunity basis. The use of alcohol or drugs by any student presents a hazard to their health, safety, and welfare. By using random drug testing, we are able to detect and prevent illegal drug and alcohol use among students.

To be eligible to participate in any school-sponsored extracurricular activity, a secondary student (grades 7-12) must agree to participate in a drug-testing program that includes random testing during the school year. A signed consent form [BELOW] must be on file for each student before they are able to participate in extracurricular activities.
The full policy is available beginning on page 2 of Board Policy FNF (Local).
For additional information, please contact Melissa Bousquet, WISD Nurse Coordinator, at mbousquet@wisd.org. [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION BELOW]
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is a “school-sponsored extracurricular activity”?
All interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, drill team, academic clubs, special interest clubs, musical performances, dramatic performances, student government, and any other activity or group that participates in contests, competitions, or community service projects on behalf of or as a representative of the District, whether UIL sanctioned or not.

Where does my child turn in his/her signed consent form?
Please have students turn in the signed consent form to one of their extracurricular coaches/sponsors.

How will students be chosen for testing?
The third-party testing company WISD has contracted with uses a software program to randomly choose a list of students to be tested at various times throughout the school year.

How will students be tested?
Students will provide a urine sample to a certified A&D technician of the same gender. Samples will be taken under conditions that are no more intrusive to students than the conditions experienced in a public restroom. Students will provide their samples in the privacy of a restroom stall.

What drugs will be detected by the test?
Drugs detected by the test include marijuana, cocaine, methaqualone, benzodiazepines, PCP, methadone, barbiturates, propoxyphene, amphetamines, opiates, and metabolites of any of these substances.

What happens if a student tests positive?
All positive results must be confirmed by a second, more definitive, test before being reported as positive. The same sample will be used to conduct the second test. When there is a positive, confirmed test result, the following steps will be taken:
  1. The school official to whom results are reported will notify the principal and extracurricular program director.
  2. The principal or district administrator will notify the student’s parent/guardian, the student, and the sponsor or coach of the affected activity. The principal will inform the parent of the opportunity to respond to a positive test. The principal will schedule a meeting with the appropriate campus counselor, the parent/guardian, the student, and the student’s physician to develop a plan of assistance for the student.
  3. At the meeting, the principal will give the student and parent a copy of the test results and provide them an opportunity to offer an explanation for the results. Parents may also request a retest of the original specimen to confirm the results, but the retest will be at the parent’s expense. A request to retest must be made in writing within 48 hours of the meeting with the principal, and payment for the retest must be included with the request.

Will results be reported to law enforcement?
Results of any drug test administered under WISD’s drug testing policy will be used only to determine eligibility for participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

Will results become part of a student’s educational record or be reported to teachers/district staff?
Results will not be placed in student records. Results will be kept confidential and disclosed only to the student, his/her parent/guardian, and school officials with a need to know (as designated by the Superintendent). Test results will not be provided to districts outside of Waxahachie ISD for any reason, including through the withdrawal process.

Will students be punished apart from becoming ineligible for extracurricular activities?
No, there will be no other action taken against the student except for suspension from participating in extracurricular activities.

How can parents appeal a removal from extracurricular activities?
An appeal of the sanction may be instituted by the parent by giving written notice to the appropriate campus principal within five days. The student shall be ineligible for participation pending the appeal. All appeals shall utilize the procedures in FNG(LOCAL).

What if a student is taking drugs prescribed by a doctor that cause them to test positive?
Should a student test positive, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to provide their child’s medical records to show need for a prescribed drug that could show up on the drug test.

Is there a possibility of false positives on the test?
A false positive is not likely, but as part of the policy, any positive result requires a retest with a second, more definitive, test.

If a student does test positive and it is confirmed they have been using drugs, will they be able to participate in extracurricular activities again?
Upon a first offense, the student will be removed from participation, including practice or competition, until the following criterial are fulfilled:
  1. A minimum of ten (10) school days has elapsed;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the assistance plan, including at least one 45-minute education and advisement session is verified by the appropriate campus counselor; and
  3. The student is retested by the testing agency with a negative result.
Any student who tests positive, receives counseling, and is reinstated will be retested once a month for as long as he or she participates in school-sponsored extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.

What if there are additional offenses?
If a student tests positive a second time, the student shall be removed from participation, including practice or competition, until the following criteria are fulfilled:

1. A minimum of 90 school days has elapsed;
2. Satisfactory completion of the assistance plan including at least four 45-minute education and advisement sessions is verified by the appropriate campus counselor; and
3. The student is retested by the testing agency with a negative result.

Any student who tests positive, receives counseling, and is reinstated shall be retested once a month for as long as he or she participates in school-sponsored extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.

If a student tests positive a third time, the student shall be removed from participation, including practice or competition, until the following criteria are fulfilled:

1. A minimum of 180 school days has elapsed;
2. Satisfactory completion of the assistance plan including at least four 45-minute education and advisement sessions is verified by the appropriate campus counselor; and
3. The student is retested by the testing agency with a negative result.

Any student who tests positive, receives counseling, and is reinstated shall be retested once a month for as long as he or she participates in school-sponsored extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.

Will the test detect steroids?
The drug panel does not include steroids at this time.

What if a parent or guardian refuses to sign the consent form?
Without a signed consent form on file, a student will not be allowed to participate in any school-sponsored extracurricular activity.

What happens if a student refuses to be tested?
Any student who refuses to be tested or who tampers with, or assists in tampering with, any sample, will be removed from extracurricular activities. If a student is in school and fails to report for testing at the appointed time, he/she will be removed from extracurricular activities.

Will advance notice be given when the district plans to conduct testing?
No. Students will not be notified in advance of any drug test.

How will offenses in junior high affect students when they get to high school?
Positive drug test results during junior high school (grades 7 and 8) shall not be used as a consideration for graduated sanctions beginning in high school (grades 9–12). Once a student begins high school (grade 9), the sanction for the first positive drug test result shall be commiserate with the first level of sanctions noted above (ten-day suspension, one advisement session, proof of negative drug test result), regardless of whether the student previously tested positive as a junior high school student (grades 7 and 8).

Why are students who park on campus also included in this policy?
Parking on campus is a privilege extended to students, and is subject to the same initial and random drug testing requirements as students who participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.

In addition to any other sanctions that may be imposed based on a student driver’s participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities, a student who has a positive test result shall not be permitted to park on school property for the same number of school days in which the student is prohibited from participation in extracurricular activities. After satisfactory completion of the appropriate sanction provided above and upon subsequent testing with a negative test result, the student shall be permitted to park on school property.