Information regarding the new CSISD drug testing policy

The CSISD school board has approved Policy FNF (Local), enacting a random, student drug-testing policy, which will go into effect on October 1, 2018. Local orientation and consent process planning is currently underway and more information will be made available on this website soon.

 

Involvement in extracurricular activities and parking eligibility will not be dependent on consent for random drug testing prior to October 1, 2018.


LINK: Policy FNF (Local)


COMING SOON -- Orientation Video


COMING SOON -- Consent Form


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is required to participate in the random drug testing program?

  • Students in grades 9-12 who participate in extracurricular activities, as well as those who wish to purchase a parking pass for their respective campus, will be subject to random drug testing.  In addition, parents can voluntarily opt their student into the drug testing program if they do not meet one of the aforementioned criteria.
  • Extracurricular activities include those that are school-sponsored in which students compete, travel or represent CSISD.

Why did CSISD adopt this new policy?

  • The reasons for instituting a random drug testing policy for students include
    • student health and safety
    • to serve as a deterrent
    • to offer students credible means to resist peer pressure
    • to provide a source of information for parents

What will be tested?

  • The tests would include:
    • K-2 (synthetic marijuana).
    • Nine-panel test + Alcohol:
      • Marijuana
      • Cocaine
      • Amphetamine (includes Ecstasy)
      • Opiates
      • Phencyclidine (angel dust)
      • Barbiturates (central nervous depressants)
      • Benzodiazepines (Valium®, Xanax®)
      • Methadone
      • Propoxyphene (Darvon®)

How will the tests be conducted?

  • Testing will be conducted by a certified drug-testing laboratory using urine samples.
  • Students will be chosen to participate on testing days through a computer-generated, random procedure.
  • Urine samples will be generated in a closed restroom stall at the campus under conditions which are no more intrusive than the conditions experienced in a public restroom.

How is a positive tests determined and reported?

  • Each sample is divided into multiple samples and tested twice by the certified laboratory.
  • Results are reported to a designated campus administrator using a secure online portal.
  • The designated administrator will contact parents/guardians of any student who receives a positive test.

What if my student is prescribed a medication that causes a positive test?

  • Parents may request a medical review by a certified medical review officer (MRO) to help determine if the result is due to a prescribed medication. The parent/guardian will provide needed information to the MRO within three business days. Students will not be subject to consequences associated with a positive result until the review is complete and a positive test is confirmed. If a medical reason is verified by the MRO, a negative result will be reported.
  • Parents/guardians are not required to disclose any medical information to school personnel.

Is there an appeals process?

  • Yes. Appeals may be made through procedures established by Policy FNG (LOCAL).

Who will have access to students’ results?

  • Test results will be confidential and student privacy would be protected in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  The test results will be only provided to parents/guardians and designated administrators.

What are the consequences of a positive test?

  • Positive tests will result in the following consequences:
    • 1st Offense
      • Student is suspended from activity and/or parking for 15 calendar days.
      • Student may practice, but cannot travel to or participate in competition.
    • 2nd Offense
      • Student is suspended from activity and/or parking for 30 calendar days.
      • Student may practice, but cannot travel to or participate in competition.
    • 3rd Offense
      • Student is suspended from activity and/or parking for one calendar year.
      • Student cannot practice, travel or compete in activity.
    • NOTE: If a student has a confirmed positive test result, they will automatically be tested on the following three (3) testing dates.

If a student tests positive one school year and then gets a positive test the next school year, would that be considered a second positive test?

  • No.  Positive results from a previous year do not carry forward to the next year.
  • Only a one-year suspension from activities and parking from a 3rd offense would carry to the following year.

Am I required to consent to random drug testing in order to participate in extracurricular activities and/or park on campus?

  • Yes.  

Is random drug testing legal?

  • Yes. The U.S Supreme Court ruled in Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 v. Earls (Case No. 01-332) that student drug testing is not an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment.  The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld drug testing of students involved in a range of extracurricular activities, expanding the potential for such scrutiny beyond athletics.  Ruling, 5-4, in a case from a small district in Oklahoma, the court held that testing students in such activities as choir and FFA is not an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment because random drug testing reasonably serves the School District’s important interest in detecting and preventing drug use among its students.

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