1 Lone Jack High School Random Drug Testing Proposal Community Forum
2 Program/Proposal Overview The Lone Jack School District is currently considering the implementation of a random drug screening policy for students who take part in extra activities that are provided through the school. The intent behind considering this program is simple; We want to provide as many reasons as we can to encourage students to stay away from illegal drugs and alcohol.
3 TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO FILE: IGAEA The Board of Education believes that effective drug education programs require both the acquisition of knowledge and the development of positive personal values. Both the school and other community agencies must share in the development and direction of programs to alleviate the problems of drug abuse. Therefore, the school district will abide by the following: 1. Establish and maintain a realistic, meaningful drug, alcohol and tobacco education program that will be incorporated into the total educational program. 2. Establish and maintain an ongoing professional development program for school personnel in the areas of drug, alcohol and tobacco use. 3. Cooperate with government and private agencies offering services related to drug, alcohol and tobacco problems. 4. Encourage and support activities that will develop a positive peer influence in the area of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. 5. Create a climate whereby students may seek and receive counseling about drugs, alcohol and tobacco and related problems without fear of reprisal. 6. Follow federal mandates concerning drug, alcohol and tobacco education.
4 The need for such a program? The National Institute of Drug Abuse says almost 50 percent of high school seniors say they've used drugs at least once in their life, and a 2012 study shows 36 percent said they've tried marijuana in the last month. In the past 2 years, Lone Jack High School has had 7 long term (3 days or more) suspensions due to the use, distribution, or sale of a controlled substance.
5 What are we already doing? Health Classes Comprehensive School Guidance Program Guest Speakers / Assemblies Cooperation with Local Law Enforcement Existing Policies (extra-curricular & discipline)
6 Current Practice Taken from the basic guidelines for participation section of the Activities Handbook (MSHSAA). The use of alcohol, tobacco, or non-prescription drugs is illegal. Disciplinary action will be taken, which may result in his/her removal from the team. First violation Penalty: The student shall lose eligibility to compete for a minimum of 20% of competition, but will be able to practice at coaches /sponsor discretion. The suspension shall begin with the next interscholastic event the student participates. During the time of loss of eligibility, the student must meet all other team obligations set forth by the coach/sponsor. Also, the student must undergo 4 hours of drug/alcohol counseling or rehabilitation and 10 hours of community service, outside of the instructional day, before he/she can be eligible to participate. The maximum penalty for a first violation is loss of eligibility for 365 days.
7 Current Practice Second and any Subsequent Violation Penalty: The student shall lose eligibility to compete for 365 days, beginning with the date of the violation. Also, the student must undergo 10 hours of drug/alcohol counseling or rehabilitation and 20 hours of community service, outside of the instructional day, before he/she can be eligible to participate. If a violation occurs in two different categories (tobacco/alcohol/controlled substances/crimes against society) the assessment of penalty will fall in the more severe of the two categories.
8 Current Discipline Policy This policy is in effect when a student is on school grounds, or at a school activity. Alcohol/Drug, Possession/Use/Influence/Sale School Board Policy JFCH/JHCD OSS days and/or request for longer suspension or expulsion This existing policy is separate from the proposed program and will not change. It is school board policy and aligns with state law.
9 Who is included? The following activities fall under the drug policy Football Volleyball Cross Country Soccer Cheerleading Basketball Wrestling Baseball Softball Track & Field Small Ensemble/Solo Contest for Choir/Band Academic Team FFA Trap Shooting Dances Activity Nights ACT Prep courses HiStep Mule Ambassadors Non-Academic Field Trips Parking on school premises National Honor Society Student Council Drama Speech and Debate Math Contest Spelling Bee Competitions *Any other club, trip, activity, etc. may be included on this list per administrator discretion
10 Why can t you test everyone? Students have the right to a free and appropriate public education, and cannot be included in such a policy if the activity is a part of that assessed education.
11 How much does it cost? 15 Tests per month x $20 per test x 9 months (September - May) $2700 approximately
12 Drug Rehabilitation / Counseling Our current practice requires 4 hours of rehabilitation counseling, under the activities handbook. Our proposal is to stay with the current practice of requiring substance abuse counseling from an alcohol and drug abuse agency that is certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
13 Drug Rehabilitation / Counseling Most counseling programs are covered under health insurance plans. The Pathways program has offices in Odessa, Warrensburg, Harrisonville, Raymore, Independence, offers on-site services, and accepts all insurance plans.
14 Program Details Please see handout
15 Questions & Answers