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Drug Testing Policy

Interscholastic Activities and Parking Permits
COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES AND DRIVING DRUG TESTING
MANDATORY STUDENT DRUG TESTING POLICY
FOR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES and STUDENTS WHO REQUEST OR POSSESS DRIVING PERMITS
STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS SHALL BE PROVIDED THE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO ACCESS 
A LINK TO THE FOLLOWING POLICY AND PROCEDURES, AND SHALL ACKNOWLEDGE, BY SIGNING THE "COMPETITIVE 
ACTIVITIES/PARKING CONSENT TO PERFORM URINALYSIS FOR DRUG TESTING" FORM THAT THEY HAVE READ THE 
POLICY AND PROCEDURES AND UNDERSTAND THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES. ANY INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT HAVE 
THE CAPABILITY TO ACCESS THE LINK WILL BE PROVIDED, ON REQUEST, A COPY OF THE POLICY AND A COPY OF THE 
"COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES/PARKING CONSENT TO PERFORM URINALYSIS FOR DRUG TESTING”
The District has established a drug-testing program for students based on the following rationale:
Definition: For the purpose of this policy the term student(s) means any and all students involved in competitive activities 
and any student requesting or possessing a parking permit.
Mission Statement
In this day and time, drug and alcohol abuse has grown to major proportions in our society. The school setting is not 
exempt from this trend. Therefore, it is important that educators and parents continually explore ways to institute 
programs that encourage a drug-free, tobacco-free and alcohol-free lifestyle for their students/children. It is to that end 
that this program is created to provide the appropriate action plan to address and nurture a drug-free and alcohol-free 
environment for the entire Gordon County School System.
Drug Testing Policy for Students in Competitive Activities and Students who request Driving Permits
A. Statement of Need
Coaches/sponsors, the administration of the Gordon County Schools and the school district recognize that the unlawful 
use of drugs and alcohol seriously impairs the health, safety, education, and future success of Gordon County students 
engaged in that use. They also recognize that, while the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol is a potential problem for all of 
Gordon County Schools' students; students engaged in competitive activities often are viewed by fellow students as 
holding or enjoying positions of notoriety and are confronted by unique pressures and risks which make them particularly 
vulnerable to the harms presented by that use. Because of the potential notoriety derived from participation in 
competitive events, students also potentially impact or influence the attitudes and actions of other members of the 
student body. Students who drive to school and have parking permits present a significant health and safety concern if 
they drive to school impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Finally, in order to deal effectively with these special pressures and risks, they believe it is advantageous to adopt a 
Mandatory Drug Testing Policy for students governing the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol by students involved in these 
activities in the Gordon County Schools.
B. Statement of Purpose
This policy is intended to support the comprehensive educational policies and programs of the Gordon County Schools in 
educating students and their parents or legal guardians as to the dangers inherent in the unlawful use of drugs, tobacco 
and alcohol. This policy is further intended to provide incentives to students to avoid such use and to strive for effective 
rehabilitation when such use has occurred. Administrators shall not utilize information obtained in the course of 
administering the policy for disciplinary purposes other than those set forth in this policy. This policy is not designed to be 
used in any manner, voluntarily or involuntarily, to provide a source of information for law enforcement agencies or for 
the prosecution of the student. The principal shall not release test results of any student to any person other than those 
described within this policy or as required by law or a lawfully issued subpoena or court order.
In order to accomplish its purposes, this policy establishes a referral to the School Counselor to deter the unlawful use of 
drugs and provides for suspension and termination of participation in competitive activities and/or a suspension of driving 
Board Policy Descriptor Code: IDF
Interscholastic Activitiesprivileges. To determine compliance with the policy, it provides a testing program to identify student participants who are 
unlawfully using drugs and alcohol. For these students, this policy provides incentives for rehabilitation through possible 
reinstatement to the specific competitive activity or privilege involved.
Consistent with its purposes, this policy also seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:
OBJECTIVES OF DRUG TESTING PROGRAM
To protect students from impairing their health, safety, education, and future success through the unlawful use of alcohol 
and other drugs.
2. To protect students and their opponents from potential injury during competition resulting from the unlawful use of 
alcohol and other drugs.
3. To protect students from the potential stigma of unsubstantiated allegations of unlawful use of alcohol and other drugs.
4. To protect students by monitoring student driving in an attempt to discourage students from driving to school while 
impaired by drugs or alcohol.
5. To assure students, parents, teachers, and the community that the health, safety, education and future success of 
students are the primary concerns of the Gordon County Schools.
6. To recognize and support students who have made the choice to be alcohol and drug free.
7. To provide incentives for these students to remain alcohol and drug free.
8. To provide information on available community resources that will help these students continue to be alcohol and drug 
free.
9. To promote an atmosphere of "Saying No to Drugs and Alcohol" throughout Gordon County Schools.
C. Implementation, Review and Evaluation
All students participating in competitive activities and/or all students requesting driving permits and their parents or legal 
guardians must sign the "Student and Parent/Guardian Consent to Perform Urinalysis for Drug Testing".
D. Applicability
This policy applies to all students on any Gordon County Schools competitive teams in grades 6-12, which are all voluntary 
extracurricular activities, and includes players at the varsity or sub varsity level for athletic participation at all Gordon
County Schools middle schools and high schools. The policy also applies to all students who apply for and obtain a parking 
permit, which is both voluntary and a privilege.
E. Testing Program
Testing shall be accomplished by the analysis of urine specimens obtained from the students. Collection and testing 
procedures shall be established, maintained and administered to ensure (a) randomness of selection procedures, (b) 
proper student identification, (c) that each specimen is identified to indicate the appropriate student. (d) maintenance of 
the unadulterated integrity of the specimen, and (e) the integrity of the collection and test process as well as the 
confidentiality of test results.
F. Substances Tested
Student's urine specimens shall be tested for including but not limited to the following: (a) amphetamines, (b) marijuana 
(THC), (c) cocaine and its derivatives, (d) opiates, (e) phencyclidine (PCP), (f) benzodiazepine, (g) barbiturates, (h) 
Methadone, (i) methaqualone, (j) LSD, (k) alcohol.G. Sanctions for Students Involved in Competitive Activities
First Violation
A. Any student testing positive for the first time will be required to attend a conference with the principal and/or 
principal’s designee, the coach/sponsor, and athletic director.. The legal parent or guardian will also be required to attend. 
A student testing positive will be suspended from participation in competitive events (games, meets, matches); however, 
he or she will be allowed to remain a member of the team during the suspension and will be expected to fully participate 
in all practice and conditioning sessions and in other activities the coach/sponsor may choose to require of the student 
participant on his or her team. For a first violation, the student shall be suspended for a number of competitive events 
equal to ten percent (10%) of the number of events comprising the regular season. If necessary, the suspension shall carry 
over to the student's subsequent participation on another competitive activity and/or to the following season. Before 
reinstatement to the competitive event after a first violation, the student will be required to be re-tested in thirty days at 
the student’s and/or legal parent or guardian’s expense. The consequences for the re-test results shall be:
(1) A negative test result will place the student’s name back into the random testing pool.
(2) A positive test result shall be treated as a second positive drug test result and added to the student’s cumulative total
and the consequences for a second positive drug test shall be imposed.
B. If a student is reinstated to full participation in competitive events following a first violation, the student's participation 
on another competitive activity shall not be restricted solely because of the existence of the first violation, as long as the 
student has completed the period of suspension and was appropriately reinstated to the prior competitive event. If the 
student elects not to seek reinstatement to a competitive activity after a first violation (either because of the student's 
own election or because the season concluded prior to the expiration of the student's period of suspension) the student is 
still required to serve the unexpired portion of the suspension before the student can be eligible for participation with any
other competitive activity. A student serving a suspension for one competitive activity may try out for a second activity if 
the student provides a negative drug test result from the testing laboratory currently under contract at the student's 
expense. If the student was chosen for the competitive activity, prior to participation, the student must serve the 
unexpired portion of the previous suspension. The student must complete all forms required for participation in another 
competitive activity and the student must continue to participate in the random drug testing process. A positive result 
shall be treated as a second violation.
Second Violation
A. A student testing positive for a second violation will be suspended from participation in all competitive events for one 
calendar year. The School Counselor will refer the student and family to an alcohol and drug education program facilitated 
by appropriately qualified Gordon County Schools staff and/or contracted professionals. Before reinstatement to the 
competitive event after a second violation, the student participant must successfully complete the alcohol and drug 
education program. As a condition of reinstatement the student will be subject to drug and alcohol screenings at any time 
deemed appropriate by the school administration
B. If a student is reinstated to full participation in competitive events following a second violation, the student's 
participation in another competitive activity shall not be restricted solely because of the existence of the second violation, 
as long as the student has completed the period of suspension and was appropriately reinstated to the prior competitive 
activity. If the student elects not to seek reinstatement to the prior competitive activity after a second violation (either 
because of the student's own election or because the season concluded prior to the expiration of the student's period of 
suspension) the student is still required to serve the unexpired portion of the suspension before the student can be 
eligible for participation in any other competitive activity. A student serving a suspension for one event may try out for a 
second event if the student provides a negative drug test result from the testing laboratory currently under contract at the 
student's expense. If the student was chosen for the competitive event, prior to participation, the student must serve the 
unexpired portion of the previous suspension. The student must complete all forms required for participation in another 
competitive activity and the student must continue to participate in the random drug testing process. A positive result 
shall be treated as a third violation.Third Violation
The student participant shall be excluded from any and all participation in any competitive activity for the remainder the 
student’s extracurricular eligibility at his or her assigned middle or high school. Middle school students with a third 
violation of the policy will be required to present documentation of a negative test at the expense of the legal parent or 
guardian prior to participation in any high school competitive activity.
Violations shall be deemed to accumulate throughout the student participant's involvement in all competitive activities, at 
the varsity and sub-varsity levels while enrolled in his or her assigned middle or high school.
H. Sanctions For Students With Driving Permits
Students with driving permits
First Violation
Any student testing positive will be required to attend a conference with the principal and/or principal’s designee. That 
student’s driving permit will be suspended for the remainder of the school year. Parking fees will not be reimbursed. The 
student must provide documentation of a negative test at the expense of the legal parent or guardian prior to receiving a 
parking permit for the next school year.
Second Violation
A student testing positive for a second violation will have his or her driving permit suspended for one full calendar year. 
Parking fees will not be reimbursed. The School Counselor will refer the student and family to an alcohol and drug 
education program facilitated by appropriately qualified Gordon County Schools staff and/or contracted professionals. 
Before reinstatement of a parking permit after a second violation, the student participant must successfully complete the 
alcohol and drug education program. As a condition of reinstatement the student will be subject to drug and alcohol 
screenings at any time deemed appropriate by the school administration
Third Violation
The student’s driving permit will be suspended for the remainder of his or her enrollment in Gordon County Schools. 
Parking fees will not be reimbursed.
Violations shall be deemed to accumulate throughout the student’s enrollment in Gordon County Schools.
AMENDMENT OF POLICY
This policy may be amended at any time by the Gordon County Board of Education.
Drug Testing Procedures
1. Prior to attending tryouts for an competitive activity or receiving a parking permit, the student and a parent or legal 
guardian of the student must sign the "Student and Parent/Guardian Consent to Perform Urinalysis for Drug Testing" form 
which stipulates that the student and parent or legal guardian have received, read, and understand the Student Drug 
Testing Policy.
2. Prior to giving a urine specimen, each student participant shall complete a "Medical History Form" (which shall include 
disclosure of all prescription drugs currently taken). This form shall identify the student participant only by a confidential 
number and shall be placed in a sealed package, which shall be forwarded to the testing laboratory along with the urine 
specimen.
3. Testing shall be done at the following times: All students participating in the testing shall be subject to random testing at
any time during the school year.
4. The testing laboratory approved by the Gordon County Board of Education shall determine the student participants to 
be tested by using a random selection procedure from among all student participants involved in extracurricular activities 
and/or possessing a driving permit.
5. Collection procedures for urine specimens shall be developed, maintained and administered by the testing laboratory in 
an effort to minimize any intrusion or embarrassment for each student, ensure the proper identification of students and 
the student's specimen, minimize the likelihood of the adulteration of a urine specimen and maintain complete 
confidentiality of test results. To that end, the procedures must require:a. The presence of a coach or the athletic director, the school principal or assistant principal immediately prior to the 
collection process to ensure proper student identification;
b. The presence of one or more representatives of the testing laboratory when the specimen is taken;
c. The testing laboratory shall provide each student present for the collection process a receptacle for the collection of 
urine. The student shall be permitted absolute privacy during the collection process;
d. Immediately prior to entering the secured bathroom facility utilized for the collection process, the student shall be 
required to leave all personal belongings (including jackets, purses, book bags, pocket contents, etc.) in the custody of the
school representatives present for student identification.
e. Prior to entering the secured bathroom facility utilized for the collection process, the testing laboratory shall treat the 
water in the private bathroom facility with a coloring substance (frequently referred to by testing laboratories as "bluing 
the water") to prevent a student from attempting to dilute or otherwise adulterate the urine specimen.
f. Failure to provide a sample, after reasonable time is given, shall constitute a "refusal".
6. The professional testing laboratory shall conduct all scientific analyses of the collected specimens.
7. A portion of each urine specimen that tests positive for alcohol or drugs shall be preserved by the testing laboratory for 
at least six (6) months.
8. Written confirmation of all test results shall be forwarded by the testing laboratory to the Director of Student Services 
and the principal.
9. In the event that a student participant's urine specimen produces a positive result, the principal and/or principal’s 
designee(s) shall meet with the student and the student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to disclose and discuss the test 
results. At this meeting, the principal and/or principal’s designee shall advise the student and the student's parent(s) or 
legal guardian(s) of further rights under this procedure.
10. Any student who has tested positive or the student's parents or legal guardians, may contest the test result by 
informing the principal, in writing, of their wish to have a hearing within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of notice of the 
positive test result. The Director of Student Services shall conduct the hearing as soon as possible but in no case more than 
five (5) business days after the request for hearing is received. Sanctions will not become effective until the hearing is 
conducted before the Director of Student Services and a written decision is provided to the student and 
parents/guardians. The student and parent shall be entitled to present any evidence they desire to defend the charge of 
violation of this policy prior to implementation of sanctions. The Director of Student Services may require written 
documentation (such as doctor's statement) of any evidence the student may wish to present. Failure to present written 
documentation to support the student's defense of the case shall result in the student being subject to the sanctions 
provided in this procedure for a positive test result. Any further laboratory analysis shall be conducted with the student's 
remaining urine specimen preserved by the testing laboratory and shall be conducted at the student's expense. The 
decision of the Director of Student Services shall be made as soon as possible but in no case more than two (2) business 
days after the hearing. If an appeal of the decision of the Director of Student Services is requested, sanctions will become 
effective on the determination of the Director of Student Services and will remain in effect until the appeals process is 
completed.
11. If the student chooses to appeal the decision of The Director of Student Services, the student may appeal to the 
Superintendent, in writing, within two (2) business days of the decision of the Director of Student Services. The 
Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee will render a final decision within five (5) business days of the filing of the 
notice of appeal. Sanctions will remain in effect during this stage of the appeals process
12. If a student participant is 18 years of age or will turn 18 years of age during the school year, the student participant 
must agree to release all test results to the student's parents or legal guardians.
13. One (1) year after the student turns 18 years old or one (1) year after the student's graduation, whichever is later, all 
records in regard to this procedure concerning each student participant shall be destroyed. At no time shall these results 
or records be placed in the student's academic file or be voluntarily turned over to any law enforcement agency, or used 
for any purpose other than those listed herein.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010