R-3 Drug Testing Policy Set

At a special meeting this afternoon, the Kirksville R-III School Board unanimously approved a Random Student Drug Testing Policy and Procedure. Beginning this fall, the district will conduct random drug testing for students in grades 7 through 12 as a condition of participating in activities covered by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Those activities include football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, cheerleading, band and speech and debate teams. If a student tests positive, they’ll be suspended from their activity. Their school grades will not be affected. Students will remain in the testing pool even during off-seasons, still subject to random testing.

Each student participating in an activity will be issued an indentification number to be placed in the pool for random testing, which will occur only during the school day. Parents may also voluntarily enroll a student in the program, even if they do not participate in an activity. Withdrawal from the random testing may only occur if the parent or guardian meets with the activities director and signs a release form, the student will then be ineligible for all activities for the next 365 days after waiver forms have been signed. Both the new policy and procedure may go under revision in the future after the school board reflects on the initial impact and results. Drug testing information will be made available on the school district’s website or by calling the activities director’s office.