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STUDENT-ATHLETE SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY (JFC-R.9)

SECTION ONE: Purpose and Intent

In keeping with the mission of Tazewell County Public Schools, the role of the Student Athlete
Substance Abuse Policy ("This Policy") and Substance Abuse Testing program is to protect student
health, safety and welfare, and to strengthen partnerships among faculty, administrators, coaches,
parents, and students in order to reduce drug related barriers and hazards to academic, athletic and
personal development success. A part of the intent of this policy is also to ensure that Student Athletes
set an appropriate example for fellow students for whom they are a role model.

SECTION TWO: Definitions

The below defined terms as used in this Policy shall have the meanings assigned to them in this
Section. All other terms used herein shall have their common or ordinary meanings unless defined
elsewhere in the general Substance Abuse Policy applicable to all students and all school properties,
functions, and events.
Student-Athlete - Any 8th-12th grade student participating in any Virginia High School League activity
or sport as an established athlete or eligible participant at the junior varsity or varsity level. An
established athlete or participant is one who is on a Virginia High School League (VHSL) Master
Eligibility List (MEL); which encompasses all students participating in VHSL endorsed athletics and
activities. The Student Athlete retains established status until the next MEL for any VHSL sanctioned
activity is submitted to the VHSL.
Prohibited Substance - Prohibited Substances are controlled substances, imitation controlled
substances, performance enhancing drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, and any illegal
drugs. Some substances are Prohibited Substances even though they may not be illegal or controlled
in some circumstances such as nicotine and tobacco. Nicotine and Tobacco are Prohibited
Substances. Tobacco is a prohibited substance even if the user is otherwise legally permitted to use
tobacco. Nicotine is a prohibited substance. Certain Performance Enhancing Drugs, as defined herein,
also are Prohibited Substances.
Controlled Substances - Controlled Substances are substances the use of which is regulated or
controlled by law. These include but are not limited to prescription medications including but not limited
to Loratab, Xanax, and Oxycontin. Prescription drugs used without a valid prescription or in excess of
prescribed dosages are considered Prohibited Substances for purposes of This Policy.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)

Illegal Drugs - Illegal Drugs are any substance the possession of which or the use of which is a criminal
offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Illegal Drugs include but are not limited to cocaine, heroin,
marijuana, and methamphetamines. Alcohol is deemed an Illegal Drug for purposes of this policy.
Some common names for some illegal drugs include "coke", "crack", "meth", "crystal meth", and "pot".
Performance Enhancing Drugs - Performance Enhancing Drugs are substances, including anabolic
steroids, the use of which by Student Athletes is prohibited by the VHSL.
Positive Test Result - A test result showing the presence of a Prohibited Substance equal to or
exceeding the limits permitted by This Policy. The schedule of Prohibited Substances and said
impermissible concentration limits for such substances are set forth on an exhibit attached hereto as
Schedule A.
Tested Substances - Tested Substances are Prohibited Substances the use of which random drug
tests described herein are designed to indicate. Those substances include are listed on the attached
Schedule A.
Reasonable Suspicion - Reasonable Suspicion pursuant to this policy shall mean a specific, objective
reason to suspect a Student Athlete has used a Prohibited Substance, including but not limited to the
Student Athlete self-reporting use of a Prohibited Substance, a parent or legal guardian of a Student
Athlete reporting the Student Athlete has used a Prohibited Substance, and the Student Athlete's
refusal to provide a test sample when the Student Athlete has been randomly selected for testing
pursuant to this policy.
Random Selection - Random Selection is the method for selecting Student Athletes to be tested for
Prohibited Substances without Reasonable Suspicion. All Student Athletes are subject to being
randomly selected for testing. For purposes of this policy Random Selection will include ten percent
(10%) of the total eligible Student Athlete population chosen at random by a third party administrator
per each random testing event. The eligible population per random testing event shall be the population
of Student Athlete's whose activity or sport occur or take place during the Fall, Winter, or Spring. For
example, the eligible population for an October test would be Student Athletes whose events and sports
occur in the Fall, such as Football and Volleyball, while the eligible population for an April test would be
Student Athletes whose events and sports occur in the Spring, such as Baseball and Track.
Prohibited Substance Use Test or Prohibited Substance Test - A Prohibited Substance Use Test or
Prohibited Substance Test is a collection of a urine specimen from a Student Athlete chosen by
Random Selection which is administered by a third party as hereinafter provided.
(JFC-R.9 continued)
Substance Abuse Violation - A Substance Abuse Violation is the use of a Prohibited Substance by a
Student Athlete regardless of where the use occurred. Whether a Substance Abuse Violation has
occurred is determined by the Principal of the school the Student Athlete attends. A Substance Abuse
Violation may be proven solely by a Positive Test Result. A Substance Abuse Violation may also be
proven solely by the Student Athlete's admission to use of a Prohibited Substance.

SECTION THREE: Policy Requirements

The Student Athlete Substance Abuse Policy referred to herein as "This Policy" includes "the Tazewell
County Schools Pledge Program", which is the additional requirement of an acknowledgement and
agreement by the Student Athlete and the Student Athlete's parent/guardian that the Student Athlete is
governed by and will comply with This Policy.
To participate in any VHSL activity or athletics the Student Athlete must:
1. All Student Athletes must read This Policy, execute a pledge acknowledging they understand
This Policy, and pledge and agree that they will comply with the terms of This Policy. The
parent/guardian of the Student Athlete also must read This Policy execute a pledge
acknowledging they understand This Policy, and pledge and agree that they will consent to the
enforcement of This Policy. Refusal by the Student Athlete or the parent/guardian(s) of the
Student Athlete to execute such pledge will preclude the Student Athlete's participation in VHSL
activities and athletics at the school until the pledge is executed and presented.
2. All Student Athletes must refrain from the use of any Prohibited Substance. Any Student
Athlete who is an adult, having reached the age of eighteen, still must refrain from the use of
any Prohibited Substance which may be legal for that student to use: this includes tobacco and
nicotine. Any Student Athlete who uses a Prohibited Substance violates This Policy and is
subject to the consequences prescribed by This Policy.
3. All Student Athletes who execute the Pledge and participate in VHSL activities and athletics
thereby agree to be subject to testing for Prohibited Substances either by Random Selection or
upon Reasonable Suspicion. Any Student Athlete regardless of age who has a Positive Test
Result for a Prohibited Substance may be deemed to have committed a Substance Abuse
Violation and be subject to the consequences below set forth.
This Policy applies to the Student Athlete wherever or whenever any use of a Prohibited Substance
occurs. A Student Athlete's violation of this policy may occur off of school grounds and outside of, or
not during, any school related activity. This policy will apply to the behavior of the Student Athlete with
respect to the use of Prohibited Substances without respect to the time or location that the use may
occur.
(JFC-R.9 continued)

SECTION FOUR: Interaction with other policies.

1. In the event that a Substance Abuse Violation occurs on school property, in a school vehicle,
at any school-sponsored event, going to or from school, or while participating in schoolsanctioned
activities, then the Student Athlete shall be subject to the Substance Use Policies
applicable to all students, JFCF, JFCH, JFC-R.1 in addition to this Policy. However, the
procedures prescribed by the Substance Abuse Policies Applicable to all students shall be
followed in such circumstances.
2. Substance Abuse Violation occurs other than as provided in # 1 (above), then procedures set
forth in This Policy shall be followed and only the consequences set forth in This Policy shall
be enforced.
SECTION FIVE: Consequences for a Substance Abuse Violation:
A. First Violation:
When the principal or his/her designee finds a Student Athlete has committed a substance Abuse
Violation, the following shall take place:
1. The Student Athlete shall be suspended from play for a period of time equivalent to, and not
less than, 20 percent of the total number of VHSL contest limitations for each sport to be
played during the regular season (any fraction of the calculation will be dropped). This penalty
will be applied immediately, upon the expiration of any appeal period or exhaustion of any
appeal as provided for herein. This penalty will include the next contest(s) including playoffs,
and/or to the next sport season in which the student athlete participates within 365 calendar
days. During the suspension period, the Student Athlete will be allowed to attend practices
and contests; however, the Student Athlete will not be permitted to dress in team uniform for
contests or travel with the team to competitions. Additionally, in the event the season
concludes while the Student Athlete is suspended, the Student Athlete may be allowed to
participate in try-outs for the next sport's season only to the extent to determine placement
on the team and only if the Student Athlete has been retested, at the parent/guardian(s)'
expense, and the test results are negative. The Student Athlete will be ineligible until all
conditions of reinstatement have been completed, including the following:
a. The Student Athlete's parent/guardian(s) contact the Athletic Director at the Student
Athlete's school within five (5) school days of the suspension start-date to arrange
Counseling and Preventive Services (CAPS). This counseling must be completed before
the Student-Athlete may be reinstated. (continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
b. The Student Athlete and parent/guardian(s) agrees to have the Student Athlete tested at
the end of the suspension by the current company who provides Tazewell County Public
Schools with Student Athlete Prohibited Substance Abuse Testing service or another
substance abuse testing company approved by Tazewell County Public Schools
administration that operates under SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Illegal Drugs - Illegal Drugs are any substance the possession of which or the use of which is a criminal
offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Illegal Drugs include but are not limited to cocaine, heroin,
marijuana, and methamphetamines. Alcohol is deemed an Illegal Drug for purposes of this policy.
Some common names for some illegal drugs include "coke", "crack", "meth", "crystal meth", and "pot".
Performance Enhancing Drugs - Performance Enhancing Drugs are substances, including anabolic
steroids, the use of which by Student Athletes is prohibited by the VHSL.
Positive Test Result - A test result showing the presence of a Prohibited Substance equal to or
exceeding the limits permitted by This Policy. The schedule of Prohibited Substances and said
impermissible concentration limits for such substances are set forth on an exhibit attached hereto as
Schedule A.
Tested Substances - Tested Substances are Prohibited Substances the use of which random drug
tests described herein are designed to indicate. Those substances include are listed on the attached
Schedule A.
Reasonable Suspicion - Reasonable Suspicion pursuant to this policy shall mean a specific, objective
reason to suspect a Student Athlete has used a Prohibited Substance, including but not limited to the
Student Athlete self reporting use of a Prohibited Substance, a parent or legal guardian of a Student
Athlete reporting the Student Athlete has used a Prohibited Substance, and the Student Athlete's
refusal to provide a test sample when the Student Athlete has been randomly selected for testing
pursuant to this policy.
Random Selection - Random Selection is the method for selecting Student Athletes to be tested for
Prohibited Substances without Reasonable Suspicion. All Student Athletes are subject to being
randomly selected for testing. For purposes of this policy Random Selection will include ten percent
(10%) of the total eligible Student Athlete population chosen at random by a third party administrator
per each random testing event. The eligible population per random testing event shall be the population
of Student Athlete's whose activity or sport occur or take place during the Fall, Winter, or Spring. For
example the eligible population for an October test would be Student Athletes whose events and sports
occur in the Fall, such as Football and Volleyball, while the eligible population for an April test would be
Student Athletes whose events and sports occur in the Spring, such as Baseball and Track.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
Prohibited Substance Use Test or Prohibited Substance Test - A Prohibited Substance Use Test or
Prohibited Substance Test is a collection of a urine specimen from a Student Athlete chosen by
Random Selection which is administered by a third party as hereinafter provided.

Substance Abuse Violation - A Substance Abuse Violation is the use of a Prohibited Substance by a
Student Athlete regardless of where the use occurred. Whether a Substance Abuse Violation has
occurred is determined by the Principal of the school the Student Athlete attends. A Substance Abuse
Violation may be proven solely by a Positive Test Result. A Substance Abuse Violation may also be
proven solely by the Student Athlete's admission to use of a Prohibited Substance.
JFC-R.9
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SECTION THREE: Policy Requirements
The Student Athlete Substance Abuse Policy referred to herein as "This Policy" includes "the Tazewell
County Schools Pledge Program", which is the additional requirement of an acknowledgement and
agreement by the Student Athlete and the Student Athlete's parent/guardian that the Student Athlete is
governed by and will comply with This Policy.
To participate in any VHSL activity or athletics the Student Athlete must:
1. All Student Athletes must read This Policy, execute a pledge acknowledging they understand
This Policy, and pledge and agree that they will comply with the terms of This Policy. The
parent/guardian of the Student Athlete also must read This Policy execute a pledge
acknowledging they understand This Policy, and pledge and agree that they will consent to the
enforcement of This Policy. Refusal by the Student Athlete or the parent/guardian(s) of the
Student Athlete to execute such pledge will preclude the Student Athlete's participation in VHSL
activities and athletics at the school until the pledge is executed and presented.
2. All Student Athletes must refrain from the use of any Prohibited Substance. Any Student
Athlete who is an adult, having reached the age of eighteen, still must refrain from the use of
any Prohibited Substance which may be legal for that student to use: this includes tobacco and
nicotine. Any Student Athlete who uses a Prohibited Substance violates This Policy and is
subject to the consequences prescribed by This Policy.
3. All Student Athletes who execute the Pledge and participate in VHSL activities and athletics
thereby agree to be subject to testing for Prohibited Substances either by Random Selection or
upon Reasonable Suspicion. Any Student Athlete regardless of age who has a Positive Test
Result for a Prohibited Substance may be deemed to have committed a Substance Abuse
Violation and be subject to the consequences below set forth.
(JFC-R.9 continued)
This Policy applies to the Student Athlete wherever or whenever any use of a Prohibited Substance
occurs. A Student Athlete's violation of this policy may occur off of school grounds and outside of, or
not during, any school related activity. This policy will apply to the behavior of the Student Athlete with
respect to the use of Prohibited Substances without respect to the time or location that the use may
occur.
Administration) certified laboratory guidelines. This may be done at the parent's expense,
and the test results must be negative before the Student Athlete is permitted to return to
participation.
c. The Student Athlete must also agree to regular testing for Prohibited Substances at the
discretion of Tazewell County Public Schools administration for the remainder of the school
year for any/all VHSL activities and athletics
the Student Athlete wishes to participate in. This will be done at the school system's expense
as part of the normal testing schedule.
2. Once all of the above conditions for reinstatement have been successfully completed, a letter
of reinstatement from the superintendent or superintendent's designee will be granted, stating
the Student Athlete is in good standing and that he/she may resume participation with VHSL
activities and athletics.
B. Second Violation:
When the principal or his/her designee finds that a Student Athlete has committed a second
Substance Abuse Violation the following shall take place:
1. The Student Athlete shall be suspended from play for a period of time equivalent to, and not
less than, 50 percent of the total number of VHSL contest limitations for each sport to be
played during the regular season (any fraction of the calculation will be dropped). This penalty
will be applied immediately upon the expiration of any appeal period or exhaustion of any
appeal as provided for herein and include the next contest(s) including playoffs, and/or to the
next sport season in which the Student Athlete participates within 365 calendar days. During
the suspension period, the Student Athlete will be allowed to attend practices and contests;
however, the Student Athlete will not be permitted to dress in team uniform for contests or
travel with the team to competitions. Additionally, in the event the season concludes while
the Student Athlete is suspended, the Student Athlete may be allowed to participate in tryouts
for the next sports season only to the extent to determine placement on the team and
only if the Student Athlete has been retested, at the parent/guardian(s) expense, and the test
results must be negative. After which time the Student Athlete will be ineligible until all
conditions of reinstatement have been completed, including the following:
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
a. The parent/guardian(s) of the Student Athlete contacts the Athletic Director within 5 school
days of the suspension start date to arrange Counseling and Preventive Services
(CAPS). This counseling must be completed before the Student Athlete may be reinstated.
b. The Student Athlete and parent/guardian(s) must agree to have the Student Athlete tested
at the end of the suspension by the current company who provides Tazewell County Public
Schools with Student Athlete Prohibited Substance abuse testing service or another
substance abuse testing company approved by Tazewell County Public Schools
administration that operates under SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration) certified laboratory guidelines. This will be done at the parent's expense, less
extenuating circumstances, and the test results must be negative.
c. The Student Athlete must also agree to regular testing for Prohibited Substances at the
discretion of Tazewell County Public Schools administration for the remainder of the school
year for any/all sports in which the Student Athlete wishes to participate in. This will be done
at the parent's expense, less extenuating circumstances, and the test results must be
negative.
2. Once all of the above conditions for reinstatement have been successfully completed, a letter
of reinstatement from the superintendent or superintendent's designee will be granted, stating
Illegal Drugs - Illegal Drugs are any substance the possession of which or the use of which is a criminal
offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Illegal Drugs include but are not limited to cocaine, heroin,
marijuana, and methamphetamines. Alcohol is deemed an Illegal Drug for purposes of this policy.
Some common names for some illegal drugs include "coke", "crack", "meth", "crystal meth", and "pot".
Performance Enhancing Drugs - Performance Enhancing Drugs are substances, including anabolic
steroids, the use of which by Student Athletes is prohibited by the VHSL.
Positive Test Result - A test result showing the presence of a Prohibited Substance equal to or
exceeding the limits permitted by This Policy. The schedule of Prohibited Substances and said
impermissible concentration limits for such substances are set forth on an exhibit attached hereto as
Schedule A.
Tested Substances - Tested Substances are Prohibited Substances the use of which random drug
tests described herein are designed to indicate. Those substances include are listed on the attached
Schedule A.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
Reasonable Suspicion - Reasonable Suspicion pursuant to this policy shall mean a specific, objective
reason to suspect a Student Athlete has used a Prohibited Substance, including but not limited to the
Student Athlete self reporting use of a Prohibited Substance, a parent or legal guardian of a Student
Athlete reporting the Student Athlete has used a Prohibited Substance, and the Student Athlete's
refusal to provide a test sample when the Student Athlete has been randomly selected for testing
pursuant to this policy.
Random Selection - Random Selection is the method for selecting Student Athletes to be tested for
Prohibited Substances without Reasonable Suspicion. All Student Athletes are subject to being
randomly selected for testing. For purposes of this policy Random Selection will include ten percent
(10%) of the total eligible Student Athlete population chosen at random by a third party administrator
per each random testing event. The eligible population per random testing event shall be the population
of Student Athlete's whose activity or sport occur or take place during the Fall, Winter, or Spring. For
example the eligible population for an October test would be Student Athletes whose events and sports
occur in the Fall, such as Football and Volleyball, while the eligible population for an April test would be
Student Athletes whose events and sports occur in the Spring, such as Baseball and Track.
Prohibited Substance Use Test or Prohibited Substance Test - A Prohibited Substance Use Test or
Prohibited Substance Test is a collection of a urine specimen from a Student Athlete chosen by
Random Selection which is administered by a third party as hereinafter provided.
Substance Abuse Violation - A Substance Abuse Violation is the use of a Prohibited Substance by a
Student Athlete regardless of where the use occurred. Whether a Substance Abuse Violation has
occurred is determined by the Principal of the school the Student Athlete attends. A Substance Abuse
Violation may be proven solely by a Positive Test Result. A Substance Abuse Violation may also be
proven solely by the Student Athlete's admission to use of a Prohibited Substance.
JFC-R.9
Page 3
SECTION THREE: Policy Requirements
The Student Athlete Substance Abuse Policy referred to herein as "This Policy" includes "the Tazewell
County Schools Pledge Program", which is the additional requirement of an acknowledgement and
agreement by the Student Athlete and the Student Athlete's parent/guardian that the Student Athlete is
governed by and will comply with This Policy.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
To participate in any VHSL activity or athletics the Student Athlete must:
1. All Student Athletes must read This Policy, execute a pledge acknowledging they understand
This Policy, and pledge and agree that they will comply with the terms of This Policy. The
parent/guardian of the Student Athlete also must read This Policy execute a pledge
acknowledging they understand This Policy, and pledge and agree that they will consent to the
enforcement of This Policy. Refusal by the Student Athlete or the parent/guardian(s) of the
Student Athlete to execute such pledge will preclude the Student Athlete's participation in VHSL
activities and athletics at the school until the pledge is executed and presented.
2. All Student Athletes must refrain from the use of any Prohibited Substance. Any Student
Athlete who is an adult, having reached the age of eighteen, still must refrain from the use of
any Prohibited Substance which may be legal for that student to use: this includes tobacco and
nicotine. Any Student Athlete who uses a Prohibited Substance violates This Policy and is
subject to the consequences prescribed by This Policy.
3. All Student Athletes who execute the Pledge and participate in VHSL activities and athletics
thereby agree to be subject to testing for Prohibited Substances either by Random Selection or
upon Reasonable Suspicion. Any Student Athlete regardless of age who has a Positive Test
Result for a Prohibited Substance may be deemed to have committed a Substance Abuse
Violation and be subject to the consequences below set forth.
This Policy applies to the Student Athlete wherever or whenever any use of a Prohibited Substance
occurs. A Student Athlete's violation of this policy may occur off of school grounds and outside of, or
not during, any school related activity. This policy will apply to the behavior of the Student Athlete with
respect to the use of Prohibited Substances without respect to the time or location that the use may
occur.
the Student Athlete is in good standing and that he/she may resume participation with VHSL
activities and athletics.
C. Third Violation:
When the principal or his/her designee finds that a Student Athlete has committed a Third Substance
Abuse Violation the following will take place.
A Student Athlete who is found to have committed a third Substance Abuse Violation during their VHSL
eligibility is, thereafter, ineligible to participate in any VHSL sanctioned events while enrolled in Tazewell
County Public Schools.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
D. A Student Athlete who is found to have committed a Substance Abuse Violation due to a Positive
Test Result for Performance Enhancing Drugs shall, in addition to the penalties herein set forth and
without respect to whether the offense is a first, second, or third offense, also be ineligible to compete
in interscholastic athletic competition for two years pursuant to Virginia High School League (VHSL)
rules. A failure to provide a sample will be considered a Positive Test Result for purposes of
Performance Enhancing Drugs, unless there are extenuating medical circumstances that physically
prevent a student from providing a sample.
E. A Substance Abuse Violation pursuant to this policy shall not result in any penalties or
restrictions being placed on a Student Athlete's participation in any other non-VHSL activities, nor shall
any academic punishments will be imposed on the Student Athlete. No record of the Substance Abuse
Violation shall be placed or noted in the Student Athlete's cumulative record.
SECTION SIX: Prohibited Substance Use Testing of Student Athletes

Student Athletes agree to and may be tested for Prohibited Substances either upon a
Reasonable Suspicion by the principal of their school or upon Random Selection for Prohibited
Substance Testing as hereinafter provided.
A. Non-Compliance
Any Student Athlete who after executing the Pledge refuses to be tested or attempts to tamper with or
assist others in tampering with the test sample, the Student Athlete shall be deemed to have committed
a Substance Abuse Violation for purposes of This Policy and the principal shall proceed in accordance
with this policy.
B. Prohibited Substance Use Testing Procedures
Prohibited Substance Use Testing will be conducted in accordance with the procedures set forth in this
Section.
6. Student Athletes selected for testing will remain under school supervision until an adequate
sample can be provided. If a selected Student Athlete has not provided a reliable sample by the
end of the school day, then the selected Student Athlete may be deemed to have committed a
Substance Abuse Violation pursuant to This Policy, absent extenuating circumstances.
7. The TPA will provide testing materials, testers and a Medical Review Officer (MRO).
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
8. In the event of a Positive Test Result, the MRO will make direct contact with the parent/guardian
to resolve any extenuating circumstances, medical or other, that may have contributed to an
inability to provide a sample, or a Positive Test Result. Tazewell County Public Schools will not
be involved in resolving Positive Test Results.
9. After all testing and test results have been verified by the MRO, the final report will be provided
by the TPA to the Superintendent/Designee.
10. The Superintendent/Designee will provide the results to each school's principal.
C. Procedures for Positive Test Results
In the event the final report has identified any failures to provide a sample, or verified Positive Test
Results, the TPA will contact the Superintendent/Designee and then the Superintendent/Designee will
notify the Principal.
D. Confidentiality
Confidentiality of test results must be maintained at all levels including the TPA, the School Board, the
Superintendent, the Principal, the Athletic Director, and the coach.
E. Substances Tested
The tests herein described shall be for the use of Prohibited Substances as herein defined. A list of the
substances tested for and the minimum concentration of such substance necessary in the tested
sample to constitute a Substance Abuse Violation is set forth on the attached Schedule A.
SECTION SEVEN: Procedure for Determining whether a Student Athlete has committed a
Substance Abuse Violation.

A. Upon receiving a notice of a Positive Test Result from the Superintendent or his/her designee
("Superintendent/Designee") the principal of the school which the Student Athlete who tested positive
attends will meet with the Student Athlete as soon as practicable. The Student Athlete will be given
the opportunity to explain any reason for the Positive Test Result other than Prohibited Substance use
by the Student Athlete.
1. If the Student Athlete admits to having used the Prohibited Substance for which he or she
received a Positive Test Result, then the student shall be deemed to have committed a
Substance Abuse Violation.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
2. If the Student Athlete denies having used the Prohibited Substance for which he or she received
a Positive Test Result, the Principal may nevertheless find that the Student Athlete has
committed a Substance Abuse Violation based solely on the Positive Test Result.
3. If the Principal finds that there may be extenuating circumstances which may have resulted in a
Positive Test Result without a Substance Abuse Violation by the student, the Principal may refer
the Student Athlete and the parent to a conference with the Superintendent/Designee,
whereupon the Superintendent/Designee may find either that a Substance Abuse Violation
occurred or that a Substance Abuse Violation did not occur. If the Superintendent, acting under
this provision, finds a Substance Abuse Violation did not occur, he or she may direct that the
Student Athlete be retested, at the Student Athlete's expense, at a time of the principal's
choosing no sooner than thirty (30) days after the Positive Test Result giving rise to the
determination.
4. If the Principal finds that the Student Athlete committed a Substance Abuse Violation the
principal shall so inform the Student Athlete and the parent/guardian and provide them the notice
below described.
B. Upon a finding by the Principal, or Superintendent pursuant to part A (3) above, that the Student
Athlete committed a Substance Abuse Violation the Student Athlete shall be given a written notice of
the finding, including the Reasonable Suspicion which gave rise to the test, if the test was not based
on Random Selection, and Positive Test Results which were the basis of the finding. Such notice shall
include a copy of This Policy, a copy of the Student Athlete's executed Pledge, and a notice of rights
of appeal as herein provided. Notice to the parent/guardian shall be deemed notice to the Student
Athlete and no additional notice shall be required.
C. Upon a finding by the principal that a Student Athlete has committed a Substance Abuse
Violation the Student Athlete may appeal the finding to the Superintendent by giving written notice to
the Superintendent within three (3) school days of receiving the notice of the finding. The
Superintendent/Designee shall afford the Student Athlete and the parent/guardian the opportunity to
explain why the Student Athlete should not be found to have committed a Substance Abuse Violation.
Upon expiration of three (3) school days from the day of the principal's finding, where no appeal is filed,
consequences pursuant to This Policy shall be enforced immediately. Where an appeal has been filed,
no consequences may be enforced pursuant to This Policy until three (3) school days after an
affirmation of the finding by the Superintendent/Designee. Affirmation by the Superintendent/Designee
of a finding of a first or second Substance Abuse Violation by the Student Athlete shall be final.
(continues)
(JFC-R.9 continued)
Any affirmation of a finding of a Third Violation of This Policy by a Student Athlete may be appealed to
the School Board by giving written notice to the Superintendent within three (3) school days of the
Superintendent's affirmation of the finding. No consequences for a third violation of This Policy may
be enforced until after the Student Athlete and the parent/guardian have been given an opportunity to
be heard by the School Board. The School Board's affirmation of a finding of a third violation shall be
final.
Upon receipt of a notice of an appeal from the Principal's finding of a third violation the
Superintendent, in his or her sole discretion, may defer the appeal directly to the School Board to avoid
a delay which otherwise could jeopardize the effectiveness of the punishment.
D. Upon consideration of an appeal by either the Superintendent/Designee or by the School Board,
the party hearing the appeal may either (1) affirm the finding, (2) overrule the finding, or (3) defer
enforcement of the punishment for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days for purposes of administering
a second test for the same Prohibited Substance and thereafter proceed to either affirm or overrule the
principal's finding. Notice of the decision by the party hearing the appeal shall be given to the Student
Athlete and the parent/guardian in writing. Notice to the parent/guardian shall be deemed notice to the
Student Athlete.


Adopted: February 9, 2015
Amended: November 7, 2016