Drug Testing Procedure
STUDENT ATHLETE DRUG TESTING PROCEDURES
Wheatland Union High School District (“District”) is conducting a mandatory drug testing program for student athletes. The Governing Board is committed to providing a safe, drug-free school environment to maximize the health and safety of district students and to protect them from dangers associated with illegal drug use and drug abuse. To support the district's drug abuse prevention efforts, the Board desires to establish a drug testing program in the district's high schools that will discourage illegal drug use among students and timely identify and refer drug users to appropriate counseling and rehabilitative services.
Drugs and Alcohol: Prohibited substances shall include, but are not limited to, alcohol, or any alcoholic beverage, inhalants that alter a student’s ability to act, think, or respond, LSD, or any other hallucinogen, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other narcotic drug, PCP, amphetamines, steroids, “designer drugs,” look -alike drugs, tobacco, or any controlled substance.
Student Athlete: Any student participating in interscholastic athletic programs sponsored by the District.
Sport Season: Fall, winter, and spring seasons begin on the first day of practice allowed by the California Interscholastic Federation and end the day prior to the beginning date of practice of the next season.
PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT ATHLETES:
Consent: Each student wishing to participate in any interscholastic athletic program and the student’s custodial parent(s) or guardian(s) shall consent in writing to drug testing pursuant to the District’s drug testing program. Written consent shall be in the form attached to this policy as Exhibit “A”. No student shall be allowed to participate in any
interscholastic athletic program absent such consent.
Student Selection: At the option of the District, all student athletes may be drug tested at the beginning of any athletic season. In addition, random testing may be conducted during the school year. Selection for random testing will be via a random number generating computer program. The District shall take all reasonable steps to assure the integrity, confidentiality and random nature of the selection process including, but not limited to, assuring that the names of all participating student athletes are in the appropriate test group, assuring that the person matching names to computer generated numbers has no way of knowingly choosing or failing to choose particular students for testing, assuring that the identity of students selected for testing is not known to those involved in the selection process and assuring direct observation of the selection process by at least two persons.
Samples will be collected at a mutually convenient time on the same day the student is selected for testing. If a student is selected and summoned to the testing area but fails to appear, or attempts to falsify a sample in any way, they will be treated the same as if they tested positive. If a student is unable to produce a sample at any time, the student will be required to remain in the testing area until a sample is provided. All students providing samples will be given the option of doing so alone in an individual stall with the door closed. If a sample is deemed “dilute”, a follow-up test will be performed.
Students who are taking prescription medication which causes a positive test will have the opportunity to provide documentation from their medical doctor or pharmacist to a designated medical review officer within five (5) business days of notification of a positive result. Such information provided by the student will not be disclosed to any school official. Students who refuse to provide verification and test positive will be subject to the actions specified below for “positive tests.”
SCOPE OF TESTS:
The testing lab will be instructed to test for one or more illegal drugs. The District shall decide which illegal drugs shall be screened, but in no event shall that determination be made after selection of students for testing. Student athlete samples will not be screened for the presence of any substances other than an illegal drug or for the existence of any physical condition other than drug intoxication.
LIMITED ACCESS TO RESULTS:
The testing lab will be authorized to report results only to the Superintendent or to such person(s) as the Superintendent may designate in the event the Superintendent is absent.
PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE RESULT:
Whenever a student athlete’s test result indicates the presence of illegal drugs (“positive test”), the following will occur:
FIRST POSITIVE RESULT:
The student athlete will be suspended from participation in interscholastic athletics for a period of twenty (20) school days, will be required to successfully complete a re-entry drug test, and will be subject to random drug testing for the remainder of the academic year.
SECOND POSITIVE RESULT:
For the second positive result in any two consecutive calendar years, the student athlete will be suspended from participating in interscholastic athletics for one (1) calendar year. The student athlete may be readmitted to participation in interscholastic athletics upon successful completion of a drug assistance program and a re-entry drug test.
THIRD POSITIVE RESULT:
For the third positive result in any two consecutive calendar years, the student athlete will be suspended from participating in interscholastic athletics for one (1) calendar year. The student athlete may be readmitted to participation in interscholastic athletics upon successful completion of a drug assistance program and a re-entry drug test.
NON-PUNITIVE NATURE OF POLICY:
No student athlete shall be penalized academically for testing positive for illegal drugs. The results of drug tests pursuant to this policy will not be documented in any student’s academic records. Information regarding the results of drug tests will not be disclosed to criminal or juvenile authorities absent legal compulsion by valid and binding
subpoena or other legal process, which the District shall not solicit. In the event of service of any such subpoena or legal process, the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified at least 24 hours before response is made by the District.