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Temple Independent School District Drug Testing Program

 

Purpose: The Temple Independent School District, in an effort to protect the health and safety of its athletes involved in athletic activities has adopted a mandatory drug testing program for all athletic activities. We believe athletics offer worthwhile and significant contributions in defining a student’s personal, physical, and social development. Participation in athletic activities is a privilege and not a right, and students must meet specific requirements in order to participate. It is realized that drug abuse is a major health problem among adolescence.   We feel that this will act as a deterrent against the use of drugs by our students.   Fear of detection and its consequences would relieve the student of the ordinary peer pressures concerning drugs and alcohol abuse. Implementing this program will send a message to the students that we are concerned about their health and safety. Any T.I.S.D. student in grades 7-12, coach, teacher, or sponsor may volunteer to be tested. This is a clear indication that our community and the Temple Independent School District will not tolerate drug use by participants in our athletic program.

Process: Drug testing will be conducted within a laboratory; certified by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.  Students, grades 7-12, involved in athletics will also be subjected to periodic random drug testing during the school year. The students will be selected randomly from the list of students participating in extra curricular activities. Through the use of urine samples, the certified laboratory will be able to detect the presence of drugs taken prior to the test. The Medical Review Officer appointed by the school district shall be given the authority to investigate the use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in the validation of a positive test.

The urine sample will be documented through a “chain of custody” program to ensure the identity and integrity of the sample throughout the collection, transportation, and testing process.

Drugs that may be tested but not limited too are:

  • opiates (morphine – codeine)
  • cocaine
  • amphetamines- methamphetamines
  • phencyclinine- PCP
  • delta 9 – tetrahydro-cannabinol (marijuana)

The analysis will be conducted by a proven method called the Enzyme Multiplied Immuno Assay Technique (EMIT) test. If the sample is found to be positive, (indicating the presence of drugs) it is then re-tested using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

Any student that refuses to submit a Temple I.S.D. Drug Test and Release form will not be permitted to participate in any Temple I.S.D athletic program.

In the event that your child is chosen at random for such testing and the results are negative, you will be informed by the designated administrator. In the event, your child’s name is chosen at random and the results are positive, the following steps will be taken:

First Positive

1)       Conference with student, student’s parents, and designated administrator.

2)       Mandatory documentation of participation or completion of substance abuse counseling for re-admission into Temple I.S.D. athletic competition and travel.

3)       Suspension from athletic competition for 14 calendar days. He/she will remain a member of the activity and participate in all group activities with the exception of competition and travel.

4)       The student must retest at the end of the suspension period in order to be re-admitted into their activity.

5)       Student will automatically retest with each scheduled random test for the next six months.

Second Positive

1)       Conference with student, student’s parents, and designated administrator.

2)       Mandatory documentation of participation or completion of substance abuse counseling for re-admission into Temple I.S.D. athletic competition and travel. Cost of counseling will be the responsibility of the parent.

3)       Suspension from athletic competition for 30 calendar days. He/she will remain a member of the activity and participate in all group activities with the exception of competition and travel.

4)       Student must retest at the end of the suspension period in order to be re-admitted into their activity.

5)       Student will automatically re-test with each scheduled random test for one calendar year.

6)       Students return to the activity will require a medical release from a Temple I.S.D. approved physician, certifying that the student is drug free in the physician’s opinion.

Third Positive

1)       Conference with student, student’s parents and designated administrator.

2)       Suspension from athletic competition, for one calendar year. He/she will remain a member of the activity and participate in all team activities with the exception of competition and travel. However, the coach may remove the student from the activity all together.

3)       Mandatory documentation of participation or completion of substance abuse counseling before re-admission into Temple I.S.D. athletic competition and travel. Cost will be the responsibility of the parent.

4)       Student will automatically re-test with each scheduled random test for his/her tenure in Temple I.S.D.

5)       A medical release from a Temple I.S.D. approved physician will be required prior to the student’s return to participation, certifying that the student is drug free in the physician’s opinion.

 

If a student refuses to submit to a drug test after signing the consent form, the refusal will be considered to constitute a positive test. No testing will be administered after one hour, from time of refusal will be allowed.

Upon receipt of notification of a positive test the Superintendent or his/her designated point of contact will contact the student and schedule a mandatory parent-student conference. A plan of action to prevent future drug abuse will be formulated and agreed upon by the student, parent/guardian and the district’s point of contact. If the student does not develop a plan of action or fails to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of the plan to its entirety the student will be removed from competition and travel.

The confidentiality of the results are maintained to the highest regard.

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