Testing Policy FAQ's
The following are frequently asked questions regarding our new student random drug testing policy.
1. What students are subject to being included in the random drug testing pool?
Answer: All students in grades 7-12 that participate in athletics, competitive extra-curricular activities and student drivers.
2. Are there separate pools for WCMS and WCHS?
Answer: No. There is only one pool in which all eligible students in grades 7-12 are placed.
3. How frequent is the random selection?
Answer: Once a month during the school year.
4. How many students are randomly selected each month?
Answer: 50 total students.
5. Who makes the random selections?
Answer: Our drug testing vendor, Premier Integrity Solutions, uses a computer program to randomly select numbers that are unique to students. They are not provided student names. The numbers are then returned to us and we identify the students whose numbers were selected.
6. What method is used to test students?
Answer. A urine test.
7. What substances are tested?
Answer: Amphetamines; Marijuana (THC); Cocaine and its derivatives; Opiates; Phencyclidine (PCP); Benzodiazepine; Blockers; Methamphetamine; Methadone; Barbiturates; and other abused, illegal, or controlled substances as determined by the Superintendent or listed in Chapter 218A of the Kentucky Revised Statutes or any other substance added by regulation under KRS 218A.010.
8. Who is present during the administration of the test?
Answer: No person is physically present with a child in the restroom during the test.
9. How would we know if an attempt is made by a student to "cheat" the test?
Answer. The company we partner with, Premier Integrity Solutions, works with many school districts across the state and the court system in Kentucky. They have a process in which they prepare the room prior to and after each test along with other safeguards.
10. Do any other school districts have student random drug testing?
Answer: At the time of our policy adoption, 99 of the 173 school districts already had a similar policy in place.
11. Will it cost parents anything?
Answer: The only cost to parents would be in the case of a positive test. In that instance, a negative test would need to be provided at the parent's expense to be reinstated to the covered activity or driving.
12. Is there an opportunity for parents to voluntarily place their child in the pool for random selection if the child doesn't participate in any athletics, competitive extra-curricular activities or drives to school?
Answer: Yes. A parent may opt their child into the pool if not already in the mandatory pool.
13. Is there any school discipline for a positive test?
Answer: No. It will not impact the regular school day. However, there will be sanctions pertaining to the activity in which the student participates
14. What are the sanctions?
Answer: First offense=9 weeks loss of driving privileges and/or a 25% suspension from the athletic team or competitive extra-curricular activity. Second offense=18 weeks and/or 50%. Third offense=one calendar year.
15. Can my child still practice if testing positive?
Answer: Yes, after parent provides a negative drug test, student obtains counseling and parent agrees to allow practice.
16. Is there an educational component?
Answer: Yes. There will be parent education forums at various times throughout the school year as well as student forums. Also, mandatory counseling will be required should a student test positive.
17. Why not test all students?
Answer: Courts have repeatedly overturned policies that cover all students. However, activities that are voluntary have been supported by the courts.