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Drug Testing at K.I.S.D.
John Reed ♦ August 01 2014 06:41:49
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K.I.S.D. Drug Testing Handbook

Although this "project" has been in the works for months –there's always a few that claim they knew nothing about new policies being put in place.  As with being cognizant of driving laws –when the DPS Trooper informs a driver of an infraction; the phrase, "... well, I didn't know," won't fly.  And the Trooper will more than likely say, "Ignorance of the law is not an excuse."  Such is the instance of this newly implemented policy.

A few Parents, guardians and students took advantage of the last chance to learn everything one might want to know about the upcoming drug testing policy –and the tests themselves.  Superintendent Bill Boyd hosted a public informational meeting Thursday evening, July 31st at 6:30 p.m. in the Kermit High School Commons area where he went into great detail and made every attempt to cover every facet of the new policy.

The drug testing policy, in a nutshell, is relatively simple:  Any Kermit Junior High School or Kermit High School student that participates in any extracurricular activity or any student who drives a vehicle to school and parks that vehicle on school property will be tested –twice in the school year plus some random testing throughout the year.

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K.I.S.D. Superintendent Bill Boyd explains specific aspects of the drug testing policy.

The actual testing will be done by a third-party, independent drug testing company with expertise in the area of drug testing.  The specific drugs to be tested for are listed below as are the penalties for receiving a "positive" test result.

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Boyd reiterated to parents and students that they should know the drug testing is not a "gotcha" ploy for criminal charges.  The new policy has two main objectives:  1)  To provide an atmosphere for unencumbered, sober learning and; 2)  Provide each student with a truly legitimate reason to say No to dealers and or their peers who may be pressuring them to partake in or experiment with drugs.

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The Drug Testing Handbook is very comprehensive and leaves nothing to one's imagination.

Copies of the drug testing handbook were available in both English and Spanish at the meeting –and of course, every student will get a copy as a "...Drug Policy Acknowledgment Form" is included in the handbook that must be signed by both student and a parent.

We have not reproduced the drug testing handbook in its entirety here but, will list the drugs, extracurricular activities and penalties.  As we mentioned, the Drug Testing Handbook will be made available to every student in grades 7 through 12.  For other interested parties, please visit the K.I.S.D. Administration offices.

The eligible drugs for testing are:

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