Drug Awareness

School-Based Student Drug Testing Program  

In July 2008, Franklin County Schools received a grant from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to fund drug testing of students in competitive extracurricular activities for a 3 year period.  This program is acting as a deterrent to students and another reason to say "no" to offerings of any type of drug, as well as giving parents an additional parental involvement option to keep their child away from drugs and alcohol.  It is proven that drugs are deadly and very dangerous to a person's health and well-being.  Keeping our children safe and healthy is the number one concern and we believe that this program is helping students before a problem turns into an addiction.   The School-Based Student Drug Testing Program was implemented during the 2008-2009 school year at all eight county schools, for students in grades 7 - 12.  Drug Testing is a requirement for all students in extracurricular competitive events.  This program not only includes sports teams, math teams, HOSA, FCCLA, VICA, FBLA, band, and any other team or club that involves competing or judging against another school; but will also include the opportunity for parents to voluntarily request for their child to be tested. Each student is given a baseline test and then is placed in the testing pool for random testing.  At the beginning of each school year, seventh grade students and any new transfer students will be given the baseline test and then placed in the random testing pool.   If a student tests positive the following penalties will be cumulative from Grade 7 through Grade 12 shall be administered:   

1st Violation - Upon the first violation for alcohol and/or other drugs, the student shall be suspended from participation for thirty days.  If the violation relates to the consumption or use of a prohibited substance, the student cannot be reinstated to the team or squad until he/she tests negative for that prohibited substance as a result of an approved drug test.  At the discretion of the drug testing coordinator, the student may be requested to undergo some level of counseling.  When appropriate and/or available, this counseling service may be provided by a school counseling staff member.    A second option occurs when the parent chooses to seek a non-school agency for counseling.  For this service, the parent will be responsible for paying the counseling agency/resource and shall have the agency/resource furnish appropriate reports to the Drug Testing Coordinator.  

 2nd Violation - Upon the second violation, the student will be suspended from participating in any extracurricular activity for the remainder of the school year in which the second violation occurs.  However, the duration of the suspension shall be for at least eight weeks and shall carry over to the next school year if necessary.  Thereby, prohibiting such student from participating in any other sport or activity during the suspension period. Before he/she can be reinstated to the team or squad or otherwise be eligible to participate in any sport or activity, 1) he/she must test negative for that prohibited substance as a result of an approved drug test if the violation relates to the consumption or use of a prohibited substance and the substance is capable of being detected by a drug test, 2) he/she shall have undergone mandatory counseling with Board approved counselor (when appropriated and/or available this service may be provided by a school counseling staff member) as may be reasonable necessitated by the circumstances at the discretion of the Drug Testing Coordinator.   A second option occurs when the parent chooses to seek a non-school agency for counseling.  For this service, the parent will be responsible for paying the counseling agency/resource and shall have the agency/resource furnish appropriate reports to the Drug Testing Coordinator.  

3rd Violation - Upon the third violation, the student will be suspended from participating in any extracurricular activity for a period extending for a full calendar year.  Before he/she can be reinstated to the team or squad or otherwise be eligible to participate in any sport or activity, 1) he/she must test negative for that prohibited substance as a result of an approved drug test if the violation relates to the consumption or use of a prohibited substance and the substance is capable of being detected by a drug test, 2) he/she shall have undergone mandatory counseling with Board approved counselor (when appropriated and/or available this service may be provided by a school counseling staff member) as may be reasonable necessitated by the circumstances at the discretion of the Drug Testing Coordinator.   A second option occurs when the parent chooses to seek a non-school agency for counseling.  For this service, the parent will be responsible for paying the counseling agency/resource and shall have the agency/resource furnish appropriate reports to the Drug Testing Coordinator.