Background and Purpose
Jefferson City Public Schools recognizes that alcohol and drug abuse are serious problems today in
America, and schools — including the Jefferson City School District — are not immune. Even
students involved in school-sponsored activities are increasingly using alcohol and are experimenting
with other controlled substances. The administration has noted and documented, both formally and
informally, an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol by its students, including those participating
in interscholastic athletics.
It is the district’s position that drug usage is inconsistent with interscholastic athletics. Students
representing the district are respected and admired by a large segment of the student body. In order
to participate in such activities, students are expected to exemplify good conduct, citizenship,
sportsmanship and training. This includes avoiding drug and alcohol usage. In addition, this policy
gives district athletes an additional rationale for avoiding drugs. Drug and alcohol use causes serious
physical, mental and emotional harm. A student using drugs is a danger to himself or herself as well
as other students. The district’s students are entitled to drug-free participation in interscholastic
The district reserves the right to conduct a program of random testing of high school students (grades
9-12) participating in interscholastic athletics for the use of alcohol and those drugs listed as follows:
1. Opiates – morphine, codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan, Panacet, Anexsia) and
hydromorphone (Diluadid). One (1) manufacturer also noted that high concentrations of
oxycodone might cause a positive.
2. Amphetamines – Adderal, Dexedrine, Benezedrine. Methamphetamine will usually show
up in an amphetamine panel.
The alcohol and listed drugs are collectively referred to herein as drug substances and the drug
testing program is referred to herein as the Random Drug Testing Program. Other purposes of the
Random Drug Testing Program include prevention of drug and alcohol usage; education of students
and their parents or guardians about the serious physical, mental and emotional harm caused by
alcohol and drug abuse; and maintaining a school environment where students can be free from
alcohol and drug abuse.
The Random Drug Testing Program is mandatory for all students participating in high school
interscholastic athletics under the district’s sponsorship. These sports include football, softball, golf,
volleyball, cross country, soccer, tennis, basketball, wrestling, track, baseball and cheerleading
(collectively referred to herein as sports or sport). A student who does not participate in the Random
Drug Testing Program will suffer no adverse consequences, but may not participate in any of these
sports until such time as the student has participated in the Random Drug Testing Program, except
that a student who has begun participation in a sport and who fails or refuses to submit to a drug test
if randomly selected will suffer the consequences provided for in this policy.
The Random Drug Testing Program does not affect other policies and practices of the district in
dealing with drug or alcohol possession or use where reasonable suspicion is obtained by means
other than the mandatory and random sampling discussed herein.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Cross Refs: IGAEA, Teaching about Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
IGD, District-Sponsored Extracurricular Activities and Organizations
Legal Refs: U.S. Const., amend. IV
Board of Educ. of Ind. Sch. Dist. No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls, 536 U.S.
Vernonia Sch. Dist. v. Acton, 515 U.S. 646 (1995)
Jefferson City School District, Jefferson City, Missouri
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