School of the Osage has joined with other lake-area schools in adopting a student drug testing policy that covers alcohol, illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs.


The board of education last week voted 5-1 to adopt the second reading of the policy which will become effective with the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Casting the lone no vote was Allison Schneider. Voting to adopt were B.J. Page, Mary Whitman, Rod Miller, Rocky Miller and Steven Hermann. First reading of the policy was held at the regular March meeting.


School of the Osage has joined with other lake-area schools in adopting a student drug testing policy that covers alcohol, illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs.

The board of education last week voted 5-1 to adopt the second reading of the policy which will become effective with the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Casting the lone no vote was Allison Schneider. Voting to adopt were B.J. Page, Mary Whitman, Rod Miller, Rocky Miller and Steven Hermann. First reading of the policy was held at the regular March meeting.

Schneider commended members of the Planning and Student Achievement Committee who worked several months to develop a policy.

“I have issue with drug testing in general,” the veteran board member explained after the meeting. “The committee and administrators did an amazing job writing it up, but I think it crosses the line between school administration and parenting, and we can’t be everybody’s parent.”

Page, a member of the committee, said she hopes the policy “gives the kids a chance to say no to drugs.”

The district worked with the Missouri School Boards Association and attorneys for several months in crafting a policy that meets the needs of the district. An online survey of parents also was conducted, providing the committee with additional guidance. The committee also drew from policies of other schools in making a final decision.

Purpose of the policy is to help prevent substance abuse among students, to encourage treatment for students with substance abuse problems and to ensure that students have the opportunity to attend school and participate in activities in a fair, safe and healthy environment.

The policy

School of the Osage students in grades 7-12 who participate in Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) events will be randomly tested throughout the school year along with students in school clubs and who park in school lots.

Students who test positive will be excluded from participation in covered activities and clubs and will have their parking passes revoked. Students suspended from graded activities will be given an alternate grading assignment.

First offense — Exclusion from all covered activities for a minimum of 30 calendar days and passage of a drug test administered by the district before participating in covered activities again.

Alternative first offense — With the consent of the students and his or her parents/guardians the superintendent has the option of reducing the suspension so that student is only prohibited from participating in covered activities for 10 calendar days as long as the student meets the following requirements:

Within one week of the conference, the student must receive or be enrolled in substance abuse counseling from an alcohol and drug abuse agency. The cost will b paid by the student/parent/guardian. The student will be required to submit to drug tests each time the district conducts random drug testing.

Second offense Exclusion from covered activities for a minimum of 90 days and passage of a drug test before participating in covered activities again.

Each subsequent offense Exclusion from all covered activities for 365 calendar days and passage or a drug test.

These consequences may be reduced if the student participates in drug or alcohol counseling and additional testing in accordance with procedures developed by the superintendent or designee. A positive drug test through the random testing program will not result in suspension from school or academic sanctions.

A student who refuses to submit for drug testing will be suspended from all covered activities for one year.

When a student self-reports the use of drugs or alcohol in violation of the district policy will be tested. That student will be allowed to continue to participate in covered activities under the same restrictions imposed on a student who had an initial positive test.

The district will not report results to law enforcement.

Testing procedures

Urine samples will be collected under the supervision of a same-sex employee or contracted test administrator accompanying the student to the bathroom or locker room. The testing laboratory will report positive test results to the superintendent or designee who will only notify the student, the appropriate extracurricular sponsor, the parent/guardian of the student and other individuals on a need-to-know basis.

Samples will be tested for THC/marijuana, benzodiazepines, cocaine/benzoylecgonine, amphetamines, barbiturates, phencyclidine, methamphetamine, opiates/morphine, alcohol and performance-enhancing drugs including steroids.

Contact FOCUS editor Dan Field at dan.field@lakemediaonline.com.