Why did the Board of Education adopt this policy?
In 2005, Enid Board of Education Members approved a drug prevention policy that included drug testing for students involved in extra-curricular activities sanctioned by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA). Their goal was simple: to keep students safe by giving them another reason to say no to illegal and performance-enhancing drugs. While the policy was inactive for several years, the policy has now been revised and re-implemented to ensure we are providing the safest environment possible at Enid High School and all three middle schools.
How does this policy encourage drug prevention?
Some students will never be offered drugs or tempted to use drugs; others will. This policy gives them another reason to say no, even when they are faced with peer pressure. When it is hard to say no simply because they believe it’s wrong, they can also respond with: “I can’t because I want to play this season” or “I can’t because I might be tested.”
How many students will be tested?
For all students in OSSA-sponsored extracurricular activities, there is a chance they will be randomly selected for testing. This possibility – or risk, if you will – is what encourages prevention. For this reason, it is important for the district not to be specific about the number of students who will be tested. We can say, however, that due to financial restraints, the number will be limited when compared to the 3,500 eligible students.
What will the tests detect?
The five-panel test will detect amphetamines, cocaine, PCP, marijuana and opiates.
Why did you choose hair-sample testing?
Hair-strand testing is a more reliable and less intrusive way to determine if a student has been using drugs. Unlike some tests that are inconclusive after 72 hours, hair-strand testing will detect drug use that has occurred within a period of several months, rather than just hours or days.
How will the drug test work?
Enid Public Schools has partnered with Entro Services, LLC to ensure all testing is completed in a reliable and confidential way. Software will be used to randomly select students for testing every month. When selected, a confidential note will be sent to the students asking that they come to the testing room between classes. Once the hair sample has been collected, they will be able to return to class.
If they return to class, won’t others know they were tested?
Enid High School is home to more than 1,800 students who have different scheduling needs and commitments throughout the day. While we try to limit disruptions, students must exit and enter class for legitimate and understandable reasons every day. It will not raise concerns among students to have someone return to class after it has begun.
How is the hair sample collected?
We understand students may be concerned about the hair collection process. The sample is taken in a way that least impacts the student’s hairstyle and likely will not be noticeable at all. For example, the student’s hair might be parted so that the sample is taken from an area that will be covered by the remaining hair. The laboratory must have between 100-120 strands of hair to conduct the test. (Some have described the sample size as the thickness of a shoestring end or pencil, depending on the weight of the hair. This can be misleading, however, because it is not gathered in a circle before it is cut. Instead, it is gathered in a flat sample, which is much less noticeable when removed.) Only the student’s natural hair can be taken, and body hair can be taken in the absence of hair on the student’s head.
How do I know the sample will not be contaminated?
The professional collecting the sample will clean the scissors or razer with the student present to ensure the instruments are free and clean of any substances that may contaminate the hair sample. Once it is collected, it is placed in a tin and sealed in a tamper-proof envelope.
Can I be with my child while the hair sample is being taken?
Yes. Families are encouraged to talk about the process, including any fears and concerns the student might have. Please decide in advance if you would like to be present for the collection process if your student is randomly selected. He/she will need to let a school administrator or the school nurse know that they would like for you to be contacted before the sample is taken. School administrators will do whatever they can to contact you by phone. Please be sure the school has up-to-date cell, work and home numbers for you.
What happens if the test results are positive, but I – as the parent – believe they are incorrect?
If the test comes back positive, the laboratory will contact the school nurse. The nurse will then contact the parents who can provide additional information that might explain the positive results (such as legally prescribed medication.) The information provided by the parents will then be given to the laboratory. The district will rely on the laboratory’s findings about whether or not the test could have been influenced by something other than the consumption of illegal or performance-enhancing drugs.
Who else will know about the positive results?
The nurse will contact the activities director and the appropriate coach and/or sponsor. The people privy to this information (nurse, activities director and coach/advisor) are legally required to keep it confidential.
What if I still do not agree with the results?
The student or parents may ask for a second test to be conducted, at their expense, by the same laboratory used by the district.
If the student is still found to be in violation of the policy, he/she has the right to appeal the decision to the Superintendent or his designee, as long as the request is made in writing within five calendar days of the positive test results. The student can participate in extracurricular activities while the superintendent or his designee determines whether or not the original findings were justified. The decision of the administration is final.
What are the consequences for testing positive?
There are no academic consequences for testing positive, unless the infraction takes place or the student is under the influence on school grounds. The student handbook then governs academic disciplinary action, and this policy governs extracurricular disciplinary action.
Those who test positive do face the following extra-curricular restrictions:
Parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and a private conference will be scheduled with student, parent/guardian, nurse and/or principal.
The student will be suspended from participation in all scheduled scrimmages, games, competitions or performances in all extracurricular activities for 10 school days. This may be reduced to five days if parents:
a) show proof within five calendar days of the meeting that the student has received a substance abuse evaluation from a certified drug /alcohol counselor. If the parent chooses to have this requirement met outside of the school system, payment will be the responsibility of the family; and
b) the student will be responsible for providing documentation that he/she is following the education/counseling recommendations of the evaluator.
Agreeing to and then failing to comply with these terms will be considered a second offense. The district may request that the student take a follow-up drug test.
Second Offense (within the same school year)
Parent/guardian will be contacted and a private meeting will be set up with student, parent/guardian, nurse, and/or school substance counselor, and principal.
The student will be ineligible from participation in all scrimmages, games, competitions or performances covered under this policy for the remainder of the year, which may be reduced to half a year if the student will attend weekly counseling with school substance abuse counselor. With appropriate documentation, a student may choose to fulfill this requirement with another certified substance counselor at the expense of the family.
Where can I read the board policy?
Please visit the Parent Resource tab above or click the following link: http://athletics.enidpublicschools.org/114088_2