WANETTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ACTIVITY STUDENT DRUG TESTING POLICY
The Wanette Board of Education in an effort to protect the health and safety
of its extra-curricular activities students from illegal and/or
performance-enhancing drugs use and abuse, thereby setting an example for all
other students of the Wanette Public School District, proposes to adopt the
following policy for drug testing of activity students.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND INTENT
Although the Board of Education, administration, and staff desire that every
student in the Wanette Public School District refrain from using of possessing
illegal drugs, district officials realize that their power to restrict to
possession or use of illegal and performance-enhancing drugs is limited.
Therefore, this policy governs only performance-enhancing and illegal drug use
by students participating in any extra-curricular activities. The sanctions
imposed for violations of this policy will be limitations solely upon limiting
the opportunity of any student determined to be in violation of this policy to a
student’s privilege to participate in extra-curricular activities. No
suspensions from school or academic sanctions will be imposed for violations of
this policy. This policy supplements and complements all other policies, rules,
and regulations of the Wanette Public School District regarding possession or
use of illegal drugs.
Participation in school-sponsored interscholastic extra-curricular
activities at the Wanette Public School District is a privilege. Students who
participate in these activities are respected by the student body and are
representing the school district and the community. Accordingly, students in
extra-curricular activities carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow
students, their parents and their school to set the highest possible examples of
conduct, sportsmanship, and training, which includes avoiding the use or
possession of illegal drugs.
To educate students of the serious physical, mental and emotional
harm caused illegal drug use.
alert students with possible substance abuse problems to the potential harms
that drug use poses for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being and
offer them the privilege of competition as an incentive to stop using such
that students adhere to a training program that bars the intake of illegal
and performance-enhancing drugs.
prevent injury, illness, and harm for students that may arise as a result
from illegal and performance-enhancing drug use.
To offer students practices, competition and school
activities free of the effects of illegal and performance-enhancing drug
Illegal and performance-enhancing drug use of any kind is incompatible with
the physical, mental, and emotional demands placed upon participants in
extra-curricular activities and upon the positive image these students project
to other students and the community on behalf of the Wanette Public School
District. For the safety, health and well being of students in extra-curricular
activities the Wanette Public School District has adopted this policy for use by
all participants in interscholastic extra-curricular activities in grades 7-12.
The administration may adopt regulations to implement this policy.
“Activity Student” means a member of any
middle or high school Wanette Public School District sponsored extra-curricular
organization, which participates in interscholastic competition. This includes
any student that represents Wanette Schools in any extra-curricular activity in
interscholastic competition,( such as FFA, FCCLA, Academic Team, Cheerleader,
“Drug use test” means scientifically substantiated method
to test for the presence of illegal or performance-enhancing drugs or the
metabolites thereof in a person’s urine.
“Random Selection Basis” means a mechanism for selecting activity
students for drug testing that:
results in an equal probability that any activity student from a group
of activity students subject to the selection mechanism will be selected,
does not give the School District discretion to waive the selection of
any activity student selected under the mechanism.
“Illegal drug” means any substance, which an individual may not
sell, possess, use, distribute or purchase under either Federal or Oklahoma law.
“Illegal drugs” includes, but is not limited to all scheduled drugs
as defined by the Oklahoma Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, all
prescription drugs obtained without authorization, and all prescribed and
over-the-counter drugs being used for an abusive purpose. “Illegal drugs”
shall include alcohol.
“Performance-enhancing drugs” include anabolic steroids and any
other natural or synthetic substance used to increase muscle mass, strength,
endurance, speed or other athletic ability. The term “performance enhancing
drugs” does not include dietary or nutritional supplements such as
vitamins, minerals, and protein, which can be lawfully purchased in
“Positive” when referring to a drug use test administered under
this policy means a toxicological test result, which is considered to
demonstrate the presence of an illegal, or a performance-enhancing drug or the
metabolites thereof using the standards customarily established by the testing
laboratory administering the drug test.
“Reasonable suspicion” means a suspension of illegal or
performance-enhancing drug use based on specific observations made by
coaches/administrators/sponsors of the appearance, speech, or behavior of an
activity student; the reasonable inferences that are drawn from those
observations; and/ or information of illegal or performance-enhancing drug use
by an activity student supplied to school officials by other students, staff
members, or patrons.
The student, parent or custodial guardian shall provide each activity
student with a copy of the “Student Drug testing Consent Form” which shall
be read, signed and dated and coach/sponsor before such student shall be
eligible to practice or participate in any extra-curricular activities. The
consent requires the activity student to provide a urine sample: (a) as part of
the student’s annual physical or for eligibility for participation; (b) when
the activity student is selected by the random selection basis to provide a
urine sample; and (c) at any time when there is reasonable suspicion to test for
illegal or performance-enhancing drugs. No student shall be allowed to practice
or participate in any extra-curricular activities involving interscholastic
competition unless the student has returned the properly signed “Student Drug
Testing Consent Form.”
Prior to the commencement of drug testing each year an orientation session
will be held with each Activity Student to educate them of the sample collection
process, privacy arrangements, drug testing procedures and other areas which may
help to reassure the activity student and help avoid embarrassment or
uncomfortable feelings about the drug testing process.
Each Activity Student shall receive a copy of the Activity Student
Drug Testing Policy. The head coach or sponsor shall be responsible for
explaining the Policy to all prospective students, and for preparing an
educational presentation to acquaint the student with the harmful consequences
of drug and alcohol use and abuse.
All Activity Students will be required a urine sample before the
student may participate in an extra curricular activity covered under this
policy. A student who moves into the district after the school year begins will
have to undergo a drug test before they will be eligible for participation.
Drug testing for Activity Students will also be chosen on a random
selection basis monthly from a list of all Activity Students who are involved in
off-season activities. The Wanette Public School District will determine a
monthly number of student names to be drawn at random to provide a urine sample
for drug testing for illegal or performance-enhancing drug use by that
Any drug test will be administered by or at the direction of a
professional laboratory chosen by the Wanette Public School District. The
professional laboratory shall be required to use scientifically validated
toxicological testing methods, have detailed written specifications to assure
chain of custody of the specimens, and proper laboratory control and scientific
All aspects of the drug use testing program, including the taking of
specimens, will be conducted so as to safeguard the personal and privacy rights
of the student to the maximum degree possible.
The test specimen shall be obtained in a manner designed to minimize
intrusiveness of the procedure. In particular, the specimen must be collected in
a restroom or other private facility behind a closed stall. The principal shall
designate a coach, sponsor, or school employee of the same sex as the student to
accompany the student to a restroom or other private facility behind a closed
stall. The monitor shall not observe the student while the specimen is being
produced, but the monitor shall be present to listen for the normal sounds of
urination in order to guard against tampered specimens and to insure accurate
chain custody. The monitor shall verify the normal warmth and appearance of the
specimen. If at any time during the testing procedure the monitor has reason to
believe or suspect that student is tampering with the specimen, the monitor may
stop the procedure and inform the principal/athletic director who will then
determine if a new sample should be obtained. The monitor shall give each
student a form on which the student may list any medications legally prescribed
for the student he or she has taken in preceding thirty (30) days. The parent or
legal guardian shall be able to confirm the medication list submitted by their
child during the twenty-four (24) hours following any drug test. The medication
list shall be submitted to the lab in sealed and confidential envelope and shall
not be viewed by the district employees.
An initial positive test result will be confirmation by a second and
different test of the same specimen.
The second test will use the gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry
technique. A specimen shall not be reported positive unless the second test
utilizing the gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry procedure is positive for
the presence of an illegal drug or the metabolites thereof. The unused portion
of a specimen that tested positive shall be preserved by the laboratory for a
period of six (6) months or the end of the school year, whichever is shorter.
Student records will be retained until the end of the school year.
The laboratory will notify the principal
of any positive test. To keep the positive test results confidential, the
principal will only notify the student, the head coach/sponsor, and the parent
or custodial guardian of the student of the results. The principal will schedule
a conference with the student and parent or guardian and explain the student’s
opportunity to submit additional information to the principal or to the lab. The
Wanette Public School District will rely on the opinion of the laboratory which
performed the test in determining whether the positive test result was produced
by something other the consumption of an illegal or performance-enhancing drug.
Test results will be kept in files separate from the student’s other
educational records, shall be disclosed only to those school personnel who have
to know, and will not be turned over to any law enforcement authorities.
An Activity Student who has been determined by the principal to be in
violation of this policy shall have the right to appeal the decision to the
Superintendent. Such request for a review must be submitted to the
Superintendent in writing within five (5) calendar days of notice of the
positive test. A student requesting
a review will remain eligible to participate in any extra-curricular until the
review is completed. The Superintendent shall then determine whether the
original findings was justified. No further review of the Superintendent’s
decision will be provided and his/her decision will be conclusive in all
respects. Any necessary interpretation or Superintendent which shall be final
Any Activity Student who tests positive in a drug test under this policy
shall be subject to the following restrictions.
A. For the First offense:
The parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and a private conference
will be scheduled to present the test results to the parent/guardian. A meeting
will then be set with the student, sponsor, parent/guardian, and principal
concerning the positive drug test. In order to continue participation in the
activity the student and parent/guardian must, within five (5) days of the joint
meeting, show proof that the student received drug counseling from a qualified
drug treatment program or counseling entity. Additionally the student must
voluntarily submit to second test to be administered within two (2) weeks of
positive test in accordance with the testing provisions of this policy.
If parent/guardian and student agree to these provisions, the student will
continue to participate in the activity. Should the parent/student not agree to
these provisions the consequences listed in this policy for the second offense
will be imposed.
B. For the second offense:
Suspension from participation in all activities covered under this policy
for (14) calendar days, and successful completion for four (4) hours of
substance abuse education/counseling provided by the school. The student may not
participate in any meetings, practices, scrimmages or competitions during this
period. The student will be randomly tested monthly for the remainder of the
school year. The time and date will be unknown to the student and determined by
These restrictions and requirements shall begin immediately, consecutive in
nature, unless a review appeal is filed following receipt of a positive test.
Provided, however, a student who on his or her own volition informs
(self-refers) the principal, coach or sponsor of usage before being notified to
submit to a drug use test will be allowed to remain active in all activities
covered under this policy. Such student will however, be considered to have
committed his/her first offense under the policy, and will be required to
re-test as would a student who had tested positive.
C. For the Third Offense (in the same school year)
Complete suspension from participation in all extra-curricular activities
including all meetings, practice, performances, and competition for the
remainder of the school year, or eighty-eight school days (1 semester) whichever
is the longer.
VI. Refusal to Submit to Drug Test
A participating student, who refused to submit to a drug test authorized
under this policy, shall not be eligible to participate in any activities
covered under this policy including all meetings, practices, performances and
competitions for the remainder of the school year. Additionally, such student
shall not be considered for any interscholastic activity honors or awards given
by the school.
Wanette Public Schools is committed to cooperating
with parents /guardians in an effort to help students avoid illegal drug use.
The Wanette Public School District believes accountability is a powerful tool to
help some students avoid using drugs and that early detection and intervention
can save lives.