LCS implements a harmful substance policy to help students make good choices that are healthy and biblically based, and to have positive interactions in our community. We are blessed at LCS to have outstanding students and families that partner with us. Nevertheless, harmful substances are a real temptation and we believe it is important to do everything reasonable to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
As part of its commitment to an educational environment free of harmful substances, all Lincoln students will be part of the LCS harmful substance testing program. Any new student gaining admission to LCS may also be required to test before enrolling. Frequency, method of specimen collection, and timing of drug testing will be at the discretion of LCS administration.
If a student refuses to submit to a harmful substance test authorized under this policy or if a parent / guardian withdraws his/her consent to testing under this policy, such student will be subject to disciplinary action and shall not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities, including all meetings, practices, performances, and competitions for up to eighteen (18) continuous and successive school weeks. Such suspension will extend into a succeeding school year if necessary to fulfill the suspension.
By enrolling in Lincoln Christian School, the student and his or her parent(s) / guardian(s) consent fully to this Harmful Substance Policy.
All information relating to testing or the identification of persons as harmful substance users shall be protected by LCS as a confidential student record unless otherwise required by law or authorized in writing by the student or the student’s parent/guardian. Results of tests shall only be reported to the student, parents/guardians of the student, LCS administrator(s), and coach(es) and/or sponsor(s) involved.
Should a student who was suspended from participation in extracurricular activities or received other consequences under Lincoln Christian's harmful substance testing policy transfer to another school and seek to participate in extracurricular activities there, the administration shall indicate on the required OSSAA forms, if one is required, that the student was suspended from extracurricular activities and/or under disciplinary protocol for violating a school policy. The parent or guardian may be required by the new school to elaborate on the reasons for the suspension in order to be in good standing for admission to or to participate in extracurricular activities at that school.
Licensed professionals will conduct testing and lab work will be done at a certified lab. Students will be required to provide an industry-accepted biological sample which may include urine, hair, saliva, or some other biological sample that may be reliably tested to determine illegal drug usage. If appropriate for the test, the sample will be divided into two separate specimens and sealed, in the event a confirmation test is needed. Students and/or parents/guardians will have the opportunity to provide information concerning prescription medication being taken by the student, which might lead to an erroneous positive result.
LCS students’ who voluntarily self-report the personal use of a harmful substance to school personnel prior to testing notification may be considered by LCS administration for a reduced suspension. The student will still be subject to harmful substance testing.
Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action and may include dismissal from Lincoln Christian School.
The goal of any constructed action plan relating to positive tests or self-referrals is total restoration and a return to good standing as students are empowered and equipped to make sound decisions. All students who have a positive test must complete an LCS-approved harmful substance abuse counseling course. Program cost will be charged to the family. In addition, the severity of further consequences for a positive harmful substance test will be determined based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the following:
The student’s previous disciplinary history;
Depending on the factors set forth above, LCS may implement, at its sole discretion, disciplinary consequences for a positive test result ranging from in- or out-of-school suspension from school (including suspension from extracurricular activities) to dismissal of the student from LCS. Consequences are cumulative. Any student testing positive for harmful substances will be removed immediately from participation in extracurricular activities pending re-testing and confirmation of test results at LCS's discretion.
Any student testing positive will be removed from the random testing pool and will be required to be tested at the time of each random testing or more frequently as determined by administration up to a period of one calendar year from the date of the first offense. Costs of this will be at parents’ expense.
Definitions contained herein are provided only to assist in the interpretation of the harmful substance policy. In instances where these definitions conflict with definitions contained in the Student Honor Agreement or Student Handbook, the definitions contained in the Student Honor Agreement or Student Handbook shall prevail.
Why is this policy being revamped?
How does it differ from what was previously in place?
Does this mean you have a substance problem in the school?
How will this be communicated to students in a way that doesn’t convey a distrust in their ability to make the right decisions or live up to their own convictions or agreements they have signed?
What students / grades are involved?
Are there other occasions when students will be tested in addition to the random selection?
What is the analysis process and how can I know it is reliable? What is the Collection process?
How will you prevent the feeling of distrust or violation when the test is a false positive due to prescription drugs or other false alarms?
What happens if a student volunteers that he or she has a harmful substance problem?
Will parents be notified when a student is selected or just if tests are positive?
What is the process for response and restoration if there is a positive test?
If suspended from activities, who will know?
Who else will be notified of a positive test?
Will other students know when a student has tested positive?
What are the details on the counseling/drug education process?
What are the implications if the infraction took place over the summer or during breaks?
What if I/we don’t want to comply or agree to this policy?