Voluntary Random Drug Testing
Beginning after Spring Break 2019, Carroll ISD will implement a Voluntary Random Drug Testing Program for students in grades 7-12. The program is designed to provide support and resources to parents/guardians of participating students, therefore, a positive drug test for a participting student does not result in discipline consequences.
The program will be strictly voluntary and free of cost to students and families, while serving as a deterrent to illegal drug use and assisting the district in enforcing a drug-free educational environment. The policy approved by the CISD School Board in the fall of 2018 is modeled after a program in Keller ISD, and will serve as a two-year pilot program in Carroll.
Informational meetings are being held in February and March so that any parent of a student in grades 7-12 can attend and learn more information about the dangers of drugs/alcohol, the new policy and the testing program. Parents need only attend one of the two informational meetings. Attendance is not mandatory for participation in the random drug testing program.
In order for your child to participate in this program, please fill out the Parent Permission Form & Registration and return to your campus principal.
Below is a summary of the program:
- Available to any middle school or high school student, with parental consent
- Strictly voluntary and no cost to the student or family
- To prevent injury, illness, and harm resulting from the use of illegal drugs or alcohol;
- To enforce a drug-free environment educational environment;
- Discourage student use of illegal and performance-enhancing drugs or alcohol;
- To educate students regarding the harm caused by the use of illegal and performance-enhancing drugs or alcohol; and,
- Provide students with a reason to say “no” to the use of illegal drugs or alcohol.
- District will conduct meetings for parents prior to beginning of each semester to explain policy and granting consent
- Attendance at meetings is strongly encouraged
- Student and/or parent must consent before a student can participate in the program
- If a student is under 18, parent or guardian must also sign consent form
- Parent may revoke consent at any time
Use of Results:
- Test results will not be used to impose disciplinary action, academic penalties, or criminal prosecution
- However, any student who commits a disciplinary offense will be subject to consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct
- Results will be strictly confidential and will be disclosed only to student, parent, and designated district officials who need to inform or refer for services
- Results will not be maintained in a student’s academic record
- Contracted laboratory personnel will collect urine samples under condition no more intrusive than those experienced in a public restroom
- Samples will be produced by student from behind a closed restroom stall
- A district or laboratory representative of the same gender will be present when samples are collected
- Random tests shall be conducted on as many as six dates throughout the year
- The contracted laboratory shall generate the random sample of students to be tested on each testing date. Students will not receive prior notice of the testing date or time
Refusal to Test or Tampering:
- A student, whose parent has signed consent, who refuses to test, or who is determined to have tampered with a sample, will be deemed to have a positive test result and will be subject to the appropriate provisions of a positive test result
- A student who is randomly selected to be tested, but is absent on the day of testing, will have a sample collected on the next random testing date
Positive Test Results:
- An initial positive test will be confirmed by a second test of the same sample before it is reported as positive
- Any positive result will require a mandatory meeting between designated district officials and the student and parent; during the meeting, the student/parent will be provided with available resources
- Any student who tests positive will automatically be tested again on the next random testing date
- District conducted an RFP to identify and selected drug-testing company.
- Up to 10% of the students participating in the program will be randomly selected for each random test period.
- Budgetary funding will come from Operation #SAFEdragon funds and/or future budget requests.
Substances tested for may include, but are not limited to:
- Marijuana & Cannabinoids