Student Drug Testing

Random Drug Testing:
Students who drive to and/or from school or who participate in extracurricular or co-curricular activities while using drugs or alcohol pose a threat to the health and safety of themselves and other students. To address these problems, SACS will conduct random drug and alcohol testing of all extracurricular and co-curricular participants, as well as all student drivers to provide all students an incentive to avoid drug and alcohol use. All SACS students in grades 6 through 12 who wish to participate in any extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or who wish to drive to and from school must agree to participate in the random drug testing program. SACS shall regularly test students randomly drawn from the pool of participants for drug and alcohol use. Students who test positive in this program will be suspended from participation in any extracurricular or co-curricular activity and from driving to and/or from school in accordance with the student discipline policy. No student shall be expelled or suspended from school as a result of any positive test under this random testing program. Upon a student's first positive test under this program, a school administrator may offer the student the opportunity to participate in the Student Assistance Program. Participation in this program shall reduce the disciplinary consequences of the positive test in accordance with the student discipline policy.
Any student who has agreed to participate in this random drug testing program who later refuses to submit to a test when randomly selected shall be considered to have tested positive and will be subject to the appropriate consequences.
Additional information on random drug testing for students:
Agreement for participation in the random drug testing program to be completed by student and parents then returned to the school:
Mandatory Drug Testing:
The school may require a student to submit to a test for alcohol or other drugs, if a student exhibits behaviors which lead school authorities to suspect the student is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Further, the school may subject items in such student's possession to test to determine if those items contain alcohol or other drugs. Any student found to be under the influence or in possession of alcohol or other drugs will be dealt with according to the student discipline policy. Refusal to submit to a drug or alcohol test will be considered willful disobedience and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including a recommendation for expulsion from school.
Voluntary Drug Testing:
Because tobacco use, involvement in fights, truancy, and continuous negative behaviors often indicate potential drug use, a student who commits any of the following acts will be requested, subject to parental consent if the student is under the age of 18 years, to submit to a drug test administered under school supervision: violates the school's tobacco, alcohol, or other drug policies; is suspended (in-school or out of school) for fighting; has a third truancy during any one semester; violates any other school rule which results in the student being suspended out of school for three (3) or more consecutive
The results of the drug test will be provided to the school social worker who will always share the results with the parent(s) or guardian(s). The school social worker will provide the results of the test to the parent(s) or guardian(s) and work with them to provide community referral sources for evaluation and/or treatment as indicated.