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 LINTON-STOCKTON JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH DRUG TESTING PROGRAM

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Linton-Stockton Junior/Senior High School is to develop the necessary academic, artistic, and social skills for students to become responsible, productive citizens committed to lifelong learning in an ever-changing society. Students share in this mission and must be encouraged by all administrators, teachers, parents, and community members to take advantage of the full range of educational opportunities made available. We believe that an environment emphasizing cooperation, trust, and commitment to improvement will provide the necessary tools for personal and career-oriented growth as we strive for lifelong excellence.

 

INTRODUCTION

The Board of School Trustees of the Linton-Stockton School Corporation recognizes that the misuse of drugs/alcohol/tobacco is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the entire community. As the educational institution of this community, the school should strive to prevent substance abuse and help substance abuse users with education, rather than punitive means.

Indiana Code 20-8.1-7 sets out health measures to be governed by school officials. Most specifically, IC 20-8.1-72 establishes the responsibility of school to assist children found to be ill in need of treatment.

Linton-Stockton School Corporation prohibits the use, possession, concealment, handling, or distribution of any drug paraphernalia at any time on school property or any school related event. It further establishes a drug-free zone within 1000 feet of any school property used by the corporation for educational purposes.

This program does not affect current policies, practices or rights of the Linton-Stockton School Corporation regarding drug/alcohol/tobacco use, where there is reasonable suspicion by means other than drug testing through this policy.

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this program is:

1.      Intended as an integral component of the overall physical and mental educational program of Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School.

2.      To undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use drugs detrimental to their health.

3.      To provide a medical diagnostic aid to disclose possible drug related problems and to provide opportunities for early assessment.

4.      To prevent students form participating in activities, parking on school property, take drivers education while he/she has drug residues in his/her body.

 

SCOPE OF PROGRAM

The testing policy of Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School will include the following two groups:

(1). RANDOM TESTING and (2). INDIVIDUALIZED “REASONABLE SUSPICION” TESTING.

 

1.      RANDOM TESTING will be used for students who:

 

a.       Are involved in athletics and/or any school sponsored extra-curricular activity.

b.      Drive to school and/or enroll in driver education.

c.       Are under 18 and a parent or guardian elects to enroll them in the program and/or any student who VOLUNTEERS to be included in the program.

 

2.      INDIVIDUALIZED “REASONABLE SUSPICION” TESTING will be used for students who:

 

a.       Exhibits a “REASONABLE SUSPICION” of Drug/Alcohol use. Students who use or abuse drugs and/or alcohol often exhibit negative behaviors and/or display other indicators of drug or alcohol use. These indicators can include, but are not limited to, the following: mood swings, aggressive or lethargic behavior, fighting, risk-taking behavior, paranoia, bragging or talking to other students about drug and/or alcohol use, psychosis, loss of interest in school and favorite activities, drastic change in dress, declining grades, poor grooming, rapid weight loss, truancy or excessive tardiness and/or absence, isolation from friends and family, depression, or withdrawal. Such students are at higher risk relative to academic performance and social interaction.

b.      DEFINITION OF “REASONABLE SUSPICION”

As used in this policy, “reasonable suspicion” relies upon and includes but is not limited to: observation of negative behaviors and actions based upon the aforementioned indicators of a problem; specific observation of inappropriate or unusual behavior; body odors or speech of a student; information received from staff members, parents, students, school employees or detection devices/services; the past record of a student in connection with the above listed factors; and/or an accident involving a motor vehicle before, during, or after school hours, at school, or at a school function.

c.   The administration reserves the right to test a student, at any time, based upon “reasonable suspicion” of drug and/or alcohol use. A refusal to submit to a drug/alcohol screening test by a student under “reasonable suspicion” will be considered the same as if one had tested positive for drug/alcohol use.

d.   The administration will document the indicators and provide a copy to the student and parents.

TESTING PROCEDURES

1.      The selection of students randomly tested and the actual testing will be carried out by Indiana Testing, Inc. in compliance with all federal statues concerning random drug testing.

 

CONSEQUENCES

These occurrence listed below are cumulative over the entire years of the students junior and high school tenure at Linton-Stockton. These consequences

are not solely within one school year. After the student completes Junior High (normally 2 years) the students will enter High School resetting the consequences

to zero. The consequences then accumulateover the entire tenure as a student of  Linton-Stockton High School.

 

TOBACCO

First and any Occurrence

          The parents and/or guardian along with participants’ coach/sponsor will be notified.

 

ALCOHOL/DRUGS

 

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING THE LINTON-STOCKTON DRUG POLICY

First Occurrence

1.      Parents will be notified in writing of the results of the test. If the test is positive, the administration will meet with the student and parent to discuss the

       results and consequences.

2.      If  the test result is positive, the student will not be allowed to participate in any school-related activity; athletics, extra-curricular activities, driver

      education, after school activity or park on school grounds until a retest shows negative results.

3.      If  the test is positive, the student will be periodically retested for the remainder of the school year with the first retest being administered after there

      has been sufficient time for the illegal substance to leave the student’s system, but no sooner than 10 days.

4.      If a student tests positive, the parents will be provided with information about counseling and drug education programs.

5.      Any student testing positive will be subject to the regulations governing any sport or activity in which they participate or in any organization to

      which they belong.

6.      If a student tests positive, the student may be placed in the alternative to out-of-school suspension program (SOS) or similar program approved by

      Linton-Stockton School Corporation for a period of up to ten days. This program is administered by the Greene County Probation Department and

      the Greene County Youth Services Bureau.

7.      If a student is placed in the SOS program or similar program approved by Linton-Stockton School Corporation, the student is responsible for

      transportation and all costs of the program. Failure to enroll and attend will result in suspension or expulsion from school.

8.      If a student is on Probation, the Probation Department will be informed if a student tests positive.

 

Second Occurrence

1.      The student will not be allowed to participate in athletics, school clubs, attend any after school activity, participate in any extra-curricular activity,

      be enrolled in driver education, or drive to school for one calendar year from the date of the second positive test. At the end of this period, the

      student must retest with negative results before he/she may participate in any of the aforementioned activities.

2.      The student will be placed in the SOS program for a period of up to ten school days.

3.      Same as #7 above.

4.      The student must agree to a drug intervention assessment interview or the student may be placed in the SOS program for an extended period.

 

Third Occurrence

1.      If a student tests positive a 3rd time, he/she will not be allowed to participate in athletics, school clubs, attend after school activity, participate in an

      extra curricular activity, be enrolled in driver education, or drive to school for the remainder of his/her tenure at Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School.

2.      The student must attend a recognized drug awareness/rehabilitation program. The cost for the program will be the student’s responsibility. If the

      student does not attend the program, he/she will be placed in the SOS program until the program has been completed.

3.      The student may be expelled from school.

 

OTHER CONSEQUENCES

         A student will be subject to the retest policy if there is;

         1. Notification to a school official by verified police report or court action.

         2. Self-admission of a violation by the student or students parent or guardian.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Under the drug testing program, any staff, coach or sponsor of Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School who may have knowledge of the results of a drug test

will not divulge to anyone the results of the test or the disposition of the student involved, other than in the case of a legal subpoena being made upon that

person in the course of a legal investigation.

 

OTHER RULES

Apart from this drug testing program, Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School Athletic teams and the coaching staff have their own training rules and requirements. Coaches/sponsors have the necessary authority to enforce those rules. Any student who violates a rule or requirement as a member of a team or activity

will also be subject to the consequences as defined in those rules and requirements.

 

CONSENT

The Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School Drug Testing and Education policy is a part of the Student Handbook and has been approved by the

Board of School Trustees. Indiana state law requires that we ask you to acknowledge in writing that you have reviewed a copy of the student handbook,

which contains school policies. By allowing a student to attend Linton-Stockton Jr./Sr. High School, the parent consents to all school polices contained

in the Student Handbook. Failure to sign or return the form does not affect the student’s responsibility to act in accordance with policies outlined in

the handbook.

 

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

1.      The Linton-Stockton School Corporation will pay for the INITIAL random drug tests.

2.      A request on appeal for another test of a “positive” urine specimen is the financial responsibility of the student or his/her parent/guardian.