The Stephenville ISD board of trustees will meet Monday afternoon to review and possibly approve a drug testing policy for Stephenville High School, along with several other agenda items.
The policy would apply to all high school students involved in extracurricular activities (see content box for list).
“Since drug use can increase the risk of injury to a student participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities and since these students are often role models to other students, the District shall require all students in grades 9-12 who participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities to undergo random drug testing,” the policy states.
The policy adds that any other student who is not involved in these activities, but wishes to participate in the drug testing program may voluntarily do so.
Parental consent for random drug testing would need to be completed before a student is allowed to practice or compete in any extracurricular activity.
“No student may participate in a practice or competition until the consent form is executed and on file with the designated school official,” the policy states.
The testing will be random selection, in no particular time pattern and student privacy will be protected in accordance with all applicable laws.
“Test results are kept separate from other school records and will be maintained under lock and key in the district administration office,” the policy states.
The consequences of positive drug tests will include notification, substance abuse counseling, additional testing and suspension from extracurricular activities. After a fourth offense, the student will be suspended from the activities for his or her remaining time at Stephenville ISD.
“A student suspended from all extracurricular activities after a fourth positive test result may petition, after one calendar year from the date of suspension, the Superintendent or designee for consideration of reinstatement,” the policy states.
Other agenda items at Monday’s meeting will include considering the approval of Apple iPad devices for Henderson Junior High, a report on the Education Foundation’s Color Chaos 5K/Fun Run by Superintendent Matt Underwood, a cheer constitution review, recognitions and more.