Wellness Program/Drug Testing Policy

INTRODUCTION

Bishop Boyea requests our assistance in creating and sustaining an optimal Catholic school culture that is safe, joyful, orderly, healthy, and drug free. Out of concern for student welfare, Bishop Boyea has directed that his four diocesan Catholic high schools implement drug testing for every student, faculty, and staff member.

The Father Gabriel Richard (FGR) community recognizes the challenges that adolescents face in today’s society, with regard to alcohol, drugs, and other substances. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2291) states, abuse of drugs inflicts “grave damage on human health and life.” The FGR Drug Policy has a focus on student-parent participation, restorative support, and recognition of the moral significance of drug abuse.

Attendance at a Catholic high school is both a right and a privilege. With that privilege, come certain responsibilities. We hold students and their parents, or guardians, to a high code of conduct in areas that affect the well-being and safety of all students. All students and parents are required to consent to participation in all the aspects of this policy and its accompanying administrative regulation as a condition of the student’s continued enrollment at FGRHS. (Throughout this policy, a reference to “parents” includes a single parent, guardian, foster parent, stepparent, custodial relative, or other person having responsibility for the welfare of the student, as the context and the student’s situation require).

MANDATORY DRUG TESTING

Beginning in the fall of 2016, every student will provide a hair sample during the school day that will be screened for drugs. Hair samples will be collected by trained staff in a secure location. The actual testing of the hair sample will be done by the Omega Laboratories Inc. based out of Ohio, but services various organizations around the world. Test results will be available to only FGR administrators through a password protected web link.

APPLICABILITY

The policy applies to every FGRHS student, from the day of orientation until the student’s last school-affiliated event is completed. The policy applies at all times and in all places, throughout the student’s enrollment at FGR. A student’s behavior both away from school and in the school can affect the safety of the student or others. It can also be a sign of a significant issue in the student’s life and can affect the overall well-being of the school community. For this reason, the parents agree that FGRHS has full and complete discretion to impose discipline, or take other action as it deems appropriate for behavior occurring at the school and away from school.

PROCESS— SCREENING FOR DRUG USAGE

Students will be screened for drug usage utilizing a Diocesan approved drug testing company (Omega Laboratories).

1. Annual Screening: All students will be screened for drugs at least once per year.

2. Random Screening: Any student enrolled in FGR is subject to screening for drug usage on a randomly selected basis in addition to the annual screening. Consequently, some students may be tested more than once a year.

3. Follow-Up Screening: Any student found to be in violation of this drug policy will be subject to follow-up screening.

4. Transfer Students: All transfer students shall submit to screening for drug usage on a date as soon as possible after registering for classes.

DRUG SCREENING METHOD

FGR, at this time, will use hair-sampling procedures for the purposes of policy implementation. Normally, a small sample of head hair will be collected from the students by trained personnel. The sample will be screened for drugs. However, if a sample of head hair cannot be obtained, body hair collected from the arm or leg will be used for the drug screening method. If body hair is also unable to be collected, an alternative method of testing will be administered (i.e., urine at a testing center and/or saliva). Therefore, it is expected (except in certain situations) that students will wear a hairstyle that allows for a sample of head hair to be collected.

NOTIFICATION OF TEST RESULTS

Notification of test results will be delivered confidentially to the administration (Principal and Assistant Principal) by the drug testing company. The administration will notify the parents of students who have tested positive once the results have been reviewed. A letter will be used if the parents cannot be reached by telephone. The parents will be asked to come to the school at the first mutually convenient time to discuss the report (the discussion normally will not occur over the telephone).

It is left to the discretion of the administration as to whether or not they will notify parents and guardians in regard to a negative test result.

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS

1. Illegal Drugs: the term “drug” is defined as alcohol and all mood-altering substances that have not been medically prescribed for the student.
2. Steroids, Human Growth Hormone or any performance-enhancing drugs.
3. Containers for the above items or look-a-like items (e.g. pills, powders, or chopped up leaves presented as being illegal drugs, though they are not).
4. Drug paraphernalia.
5. Glues, solvents, fuels, or other materials used for inhalant abuse.
6. E-cigarettes

CONDUCT

The possession, use or sale of “prohibited substances and materials” in any form or quantity, is an offense under the Drug Policy.

CONSEQUENCES-ALL OFFENSES

* Parent Meeting (mandatory) -The student and a parent or guardian will meet with the principal and/or assistant principal to discuss the offense and the consequences under the Drug Policy.

* School and Treatment Program (mandatory) – FGR will make a referral to an approved and licensed agency for a drug use assessment. The parents will provide a copy of the assessment and the plan resulting from the referral to the FGR administration. The student is required to complete the plan successfully and will provide any verification requested by FGR. Any expenses incurred for the assessment and/or any treatment program required by the plan will be the responsibility of the student/parent and not FGR.

* Spiritual Counseling (strongly recommended) -The occasion of an offense is an opportunity to encounter Christ, whose positive message is one of Truth and Redemption. We recommend Catholic students make an appointment with the school Chaplain, the student’s parish pastor, or other priest, for spiritual guidance and conscience formation, and have the opportunity, if desired, for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We recommend Non-Catholic students make an appointment with the school Chaplain or a minister within the student’s religious tradition for similar purposes.

* Note: Students who violate the policy more than one time will use the same assessment agency and same spiritual counselor during each offense.

INTERVENTION

A. First offense

a. Must complete parent meeting
b. Must complete assessment and start treatment plan
c. Mandatory second drug test paid for by the parent/student

B. Second offense

a. Must complete parent meeting
b. Must complete assessment and start treatment plan
c. Suspended for 10% of athletic season, performances, activities, etc.
d. Three weeks on social probation****
e. Athlete/actor/participant must attend practices unless time is needed for counseling/guidance***
f. Additional mandatory drug test paid for by the parent/ student

C. Third Offense

a. Must complete parent meeting
b. Must complete assessment and start treatment plan
c. Suspended for one calendar year from all teams, performances, activities, including practices***
d. Eight weeks on social probation****
e. Mandatory drug test paid for by the parent/student

D. Fourth Offense

a. Must complete parent meeting
b. Must complete assessment and start treatment plan
c. May not participate: on any teams, performances, activities, including practices.
d. Remainder of time as a student at FGR on social probation****
e. Student is subject to long-term suspension/expulsion at the discretion of the Administration.

*Season as related to athletics, performances as related to band, choir, drama, etc., activities as related to clubs, etc. Because of the diverse nature of activities offered at FGR, the Administration will make decisions in this area on a case-by-case basis when necessary.

**In items Bc & Cc: The percentage will be figured on the number of regular season games or performances on the schedule. If there are not enough games/ performances left in the current season to serve the full suspension, the remainder of the suspension will carry over to the next season/performance in which the student competes or participates. All percentages will be rounded up to the next whole number.

***In items Be and Cc: Athletes may compete in scrimmages during their suspensions but scrimmages will not count toward the percentage of the contests for which the athlete is suspended. Actors may perform in dress rehearsals, but dress rehearsals will not count toward the percentage of the performances for which the performer is suspended.

****A student may be placed on social probation as a result of disciplinary action. If a student is placed on social probation, he/she shall: 1. not be allowed in the school or on school grounds outside of school hours except as a participant in a school activity or sport (practice/rehearsal/game) under the direct supervision of a staff member; and 2. not be allowed to attend, as a spectator, any school sponsored event after school hours or on weekends, or as a participant in school social activities such as parties, dances, or prom.

Failure to complete
– Students who fail to complete any of the consequences outlined above will remain ineligible for competition, and will remain on social probation until all consequences are completed. At that time the Administration will determine when and if the student may return to competition/participation and/or be released from social probation.

SELF-DISCLOSURE

Available for first offense only of high school career

Self-disclosure exists for students willing to admit their violation of the Drug Policy and move forward on the path toward restoration of full privileges in the FGR community.

A student who by him/herself or together with his/her parent or legal guardian voluntarily discloses their violation of the Drug Policy to the Administration before the mandatory drug test will be subject to the following consequences (the student will still be tested after disclosing to establish a baseline of use from which to gauge progress or lack thereof):

a. Must complete parent meeting
b. Must complete assessment and start treatment plan

Note: a student who commits a second offense after self-disclosing on their first offense receives the normal second offense consequences.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

It is the policy of FGR to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies. The school will report any conduct that it is required by law to report. Where appropriate, the school will seek information from law enforcement agencies regarding student conduct.

EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Policy, FGR retains full and complete discretion to impose any discipline or take any other action, or decline to take action, as it deems appropriate for any student behavior occurring anywhere at any time.