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MANDATORY DRUG TESTING POLICY

Mandatory Drug Testing Policy

 

Avery ISD requires drug testing of any student in grades 7–12 who chooses to participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities or requests a permit to park a vehicle on school property. A student participating in these activities or requesting a parking permit shall be randomly tested throughout the school year. Students covered under the Mandatory Drug Testing Program include all students participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities (UIL and non UIL), clubs, and any student driving on campus or requesting a parking permit. Random tests shall be conducted on as many as six dates throughout the school year.

 

Before a student is eligible to participate in extracurricular activities or to receive a parking permit, the student shall be required annually to sign a consent form agreeing to be subject to the rules and procedures of the drug-testing program. If the student is under the age of 18, the student's parent or guardian shall also sign a consent form. If appropriate consent is not given, the student shall not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities or to receive a parking permit.

REFUSAL TO TEST OR TAMPERING

 A student who refuses to be tested when selected or who is determined to have tampered with a sample shall be deemed to have a positive test result and shall be subject to the appropriate consequences depending on previous positive test results, if any.

CONFIRMATION OF POSITIVE RESULTS

Upon receiving results of a positive drug test, the District shall schedule a meeting with the student, the student's parent if the student is under the age of 18, and the coach or sponsor of the extracurricular activity, as applicable, to review the test results and discuss consequences. The principal shall chair the meeting. The student or parent shall have three school days following the meeting to provide a medical explanation for a positive result. However, appropriate consequences shall begin immediately following the meeting with the parent or guardian.



 

RETESTING

If the student wishes to return to participation in extracurricular activities or have a parking permit reinstated after any applicable consequences, the student must be retested at the end of the period of suspension and have a negative test result. Following that, the student shall be retested on all random test dates so long as the student wishes to participate in extracurricular activities or park a vehicle on school property.

 

CONSEQUENCES

Consequences of positive test results shall be cumulative through the student’s enrollment in the District. Note: nothing in this policy shall limit or affect the application of state law, local policy, or the Student Code of Conduct. A student who commits a disciplinary offense shall be subject to consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

 

FIRST OFFENSE: Upon a first offense of receiving a confirmed positive drug test, a student will be suspended from any extracurricular activity, and the student’s parking permit shall be suspended, for 30 calendar days following the date the student and parent are notified of the test results.

After a first offense of receiving a confirmed positive drug test, the student may complete a counseling program with a provider chosen from a list of district-approved abuse counselors to reduce suspension by 5 calendar days.

During the period of suspension, the student may participate in practices but not in any competitive activities or performances.

 

SECOND OFFENSE: Upon a second offense of receiving a confirmed positive drug test, a student will be suspended from any extracurricular activity, and the student’s parking permit shall be suspended, for 45 calendar days following the date the student and parent are notified of the test results.

After a second offense of receiving a confirmed positive drug test, the student may complete a counseling program with a provider chosen from a list of district-approved abuse counselors to reduce suspension by 5 calendar days.

During the period of suspension, the student may participate in practices but not in any competitive activities or performances.

 

THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES: Upon a third or any subsequent offense of receiving a confirmed positive drug test, a student will be suspended from participation in any extracurricular activity, and the student’s parking permit shall be suspended, for 365 calendar days following the date the student & parent are notified of the test results.

During the period of suspension, the student may participate in practices but not in any competitive activities or performances.

The fourth offense will result in permanent removal from all extracurricular activities and permanent suspension of the student’s parking permit.

 

 APPEALS

A student or parent may appeal a decision made under this policy in accordance with FNG (LOCAL). The student shall be ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities or reinstatement of parking privileges while the appeal is pending.

[For further information, see policy FNF (LOCAL). Also see Steroids.]

 

In addition to the above prohibitions, no student shall inhale, ingest, apply, use, or possess an abusable glue, aerosol paint, or substance containing a volatile chemical with intent to inhale, ingest, apply, or use any of these in a manner:

 

●      Contrary to directions for use, cautions, or warnings appearing on a label of a container of the glue, paint, and/or substance.

●      Designed to affect the central nervous system, create or induce a condition of intoxication, hallucination, or elation, or change, distort, or disturb the person’s eyesight, thinking process, balance, or coordination.

 

Any violation involving drugs and/or alcohol will be handled in accordance to the AISD Student Code of Conduct and in accordance with Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code. The consequences for alcohol related offenses will be consistent with the Mandatory Drug Testing Policy. Subsection 37.006 requires that a district place into a DAEP a student who commits a felony or any of the specific misdemeanors on or within 300 feet of school property or while the student is attending a school sponsored or school related activity on or off school property.




 

ANY STUDENT PLACED IN A DAEP or AEP FOR DISCIPLINE REASONS UNDER THIS SECTION IS INELIGIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIVE ATHLETICS OR ANY OTHER SCHOOL SPONSORED OR SCHOOL RELATED EXTRACURRICULAR OR SOCIAL ACTIVITY. THE STUDENT IS INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY ASPECT OF THAT PROGRAM UNTIL THE AEP or DAEP PLACEMENT IS COMPLETED. (Example: One day of

AEP completion would be at 2:20 pm or upon the end of the school day for that campus.)

 

Parents & students must sign the release form granting consent for random drug testing before the student may participate.

 

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