Random Drug testing approved

Board Approves Random Drug Testing for Extracurriculars
Posted on 07/11/2017

Board approves Random Drug Testing for extracurricular activity participants.

The purpose of this policy is to help foster an alcohol and drug-free environment at the Bellwood-Antis School District.  The Random Drug Testing Program was re-implemented for a number of reasons: documented incidents of student alcohol and drug use, information from concerned community members, and the longitudinal results of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey completed by students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 on a biannual basis. 

Participation in any extracurricular activities or seeking permission to use district facilities to park a personal vehicle is a privilege, not a right. Students who volunteer to participate in these programs have a lesser expectation of privacy and are expected to accept the responsibilities granted to them by this privilege.
 
Effects of drug/mood altering substances usage impact everyone in the educational environment. With regard to students participating in extracurricular activities and students who drive, the risk of immediate, physical harm to the drug or alcohol user or those with whom the student is participating or sharing the roadway is particularly high.
 
Random Drug Testing is a noncurricular issue. Drug test results, positive or negative, will not appear on the student's permanent transcript or any other permanent record.
 
The goals of this policy are to:

1. Protect the health and safety of students.
2. Deter student drug use and possession.
3. Prevent disruption to the educational process.
4. Provide access to assistance programs to students needing assistance.

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