Ada City School District is hosting an informational meeting about the Activity Student Drug Use Testing Program May 23 at Cougar Activity Center.

The new program will be implemented beginning in the 2006-2007 school year and will include all activity students in Grades 7-12.

“This is not a reaction to anything,” said Ada Superintendent Pat Harrison. “The policy is modeled after the one at Tecumseh schools.”

Harrison said the new policy is not being adopted to punish anyone.

“Any time you give kids a second chance, you’re trying to help them,” he said.

Ada High athletes have been drug-tested for several years.

Selected excerpts from the Student Handbook:

• Ada City Schools is committed to cooperating with parents/guardians in an effort to help its activity students avoid illegal drug use. Ada City Schools District believes accountability is a powerful tool to help some students avoid using drugs and that early detection and intervention can save lives.

• Statement of purpose and intent: Participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities at the Ada City School District is a privilege. Activity students carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow students, their parents and their school to set the highest possible examples of conduct, which includes avoiding the use or possession of illegal drugs. Drug use of any kind is incompatible with participation in extracurricular activities on behalf of the Ada City School District. For the safety, health and well-being of the students of the Ada city School District, the (school) has adopted the ... Activity Student Drug Testing Policy and Student Drug Testing Consent Form for use by all participating students at the junior high school and high school levels.

• Each activity student shall be provided with a copy of the Activity Student Drug Testing Policy and Student Drug Testing Consent Form which shall be read, signed and dated by the student, parent or custodial guardian and coach/sponsor for any activity sponsor under the age of 18, or by the activity student and coach/sponsor when such student is 18 years or older, before such student shall be eligible to practice or participate in any extracurricular interscholastic activities.

• The consent shall be to provide a urine sample: (A) At an initial drug-use screening for eligibility for practice and participation in extracurricular activities covered under this policy — activity students in grades 7 and 8 are not required to submit to the initial drug, but are bound to all other stipulations included in this policy; (B) when the activity student is chosen by the random selection basis to provide a urine sample; (C) for follow-up testing as called for by this policy as a result of a positive drug use test; and (D) at any time requested based on reasonable suspicion to be tested for illegal or performance-enhancing drugs. No student shall be allowed to practice or participate in any activity governed by the policy unless the student has returned the properly signed Student Drug Testing Consent Form. ...

• The purpose of this policy are five-fold: (1) To prevent illegal and/or performance-enhancing drug use and to educate students of the serious physical, mental and emotional harm caused by illegal drug use; (2) to alert students with possible substance abuse problems to the potential harms that drug use poses to their physical, mental and emotional well-being and offer them the privilege of competition as an incentive to stop using such substances; (3) ensure that students adhere to a training program that bars the intake of illegal and performance-enhancing drugs; (4) to prevent injury, illness and harm for students that may arise as a result from illegal and performance-enhancing drug use; and (5) to offer students practices, competition and school activities free of the effects of illegal and performance-enhancing drug use. ...

• Consequences: — First offense: Any activity student who tests positive in a drug use test under this policy shall be subject to the following restrictions: (A) For the first offense — the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and a private conference will be scheduled to present the test results. ... As a result of the positive drug test, the activity student will be suspended from competition in his/her activity for five consecutive school days. This suspension will begin on the date of notification from the drug-testing laboratory of the positive result. In order to resume competition in the activity, the student and parent/guardian must, within five days of the joint meeting, show proof that the student has received drug counseling from a qualified drug counseling entity. Additionally, the student must voluntarily submit to a second drug test to be administered within two weeks in accordance with the testing provisions of this policy. Two additional drug tests will be required within 45 consecutive school days. The time and date of such tests will be unknown to the activity student and will be determined by the superintendent or his/her designee. If parent/guardian and student agree to these provisions, the student may resume competition upon completion of the five school day suspension from competition and counseling requirements. ...

• Second offense: Suspension from participation in all activities covered under this policy for 45 consecutive school days, and successful completion of four hours of substance abuse education/counseling provided by the school. The student may not participate in any meetings, practices, scrimmages or competitions during this period. The student will be tested monthly at random times for the remainder of the school year. The time and date will be unknown to the student and determined by the superintendent or his/her designee.

• Third offense: Complete suspension from participation in all extracurricular activities, including all meetings, practices, performances and competitions for 180 consecutive school days.

• Illegal drugs means any substance which an individual may not sell, possess, use, distribute or purchase under either federal or Oklahoma law. Illegal drugs include, but is not limited to, all scheduled drugs as defined by the Oklahoma Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, all prescribed and over-the-counter drugs being used for abusive purposes. Illegal drugs shall also include alcohol.

• Performance-enhancing drugs include anabolic steroids, also the designer steroid THG and any other natural or synthetic substance used to increase muscle mass, strength, endurance, speed or other athletic ability. The term performance-enhancing drugs does not include dietary or nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals and proteins which can be lawfully purchased in over-the-counter transactions.

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