This policy is an extension of the Controlled Substances/Paraphernalia Policy of the South Butler County School District. The purpose of this policy is to create an alcohol and drug-free setting for all students and district employees. It is the belief of the South Butler County School District that participation on any interscholastic athletic team, extracurricular activity or driving/parking a personal vehicle is a privilege, not a right. Students who volunteer to participate in these programs are expected to accept the responsibilities granted to them by this privilege. These students, as well as their parents/guardians, must also recognize that because of their choice to participate in these activities, they have a lesser expectation of privacy than do other students.
The effects of drug usage, in particular, in an educational environment are visited not just upon the users, but also upon the entire student body and faculty, because the educational process may be disrupted and the individual’s safety risk factor is increased. With regard to school athletes and students who drive, the risk of immediate physical harm to the drug or alcohol user or those with whom the student is playing a sport or sharing the highway is particularly high.
As this is a non-curricular occurrence, no recording of participation or of any test results, either positive or negative, will appear on the student’s permanent transcript or any other permanent record.
In addition, students participating in the program for the full year, and who have no true positive results from the testing throughout the year will receive a certification at the end of the year.
The South Butler County School District prohibits the possession, use, misuse, or the distribution of drugs, controlled or mood-altering substances, including anabolic steroids, look-alikes, designer drugs, drug paraphernalia, health endangering substances, medication not registered with the health office, or alcohol on school district property, school buses, or during activities under school district jurisdiction. This policy encompasses all students in grades 9 to 12 wishing to participate in any interscholastic athletic activity, any extracurricular activity, or those who meet the district’s guidelines to drive on campus and wish to obtain a parking permit. The policy includes those students being educated by the district under special circumstances, including home schooling. The district welcomes all referenced students, with the permission of their parents/guardians, to participate in the program. Those students who are not seeking privileges for parking, participating on athletic teams or an extracurricular activity will be considered voluntary participants.
The district will require any student who is submitting to testing and the student’s custodial parent/guardian to consent in writing to drug testing pursuant to the district’s drug testing program using the form provided by the district. No student should be able to participate in any interscholastic sport, any extracurricular activity, or to obtain a parking permit without such consent.
Payment for the initial test is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program are exempt from the testing fee. The fee is $30 for an initial screenings done on site. There are additional fees for tests done off site and these arrangements can only be made through the athletic office and through the contracted vendor.