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Procedures in the Event of a Positive Result

In the event of a positive test result, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) will certify all urine drug screens and report the positive findings in a confidential manner to the parent(s)/guardian(s) by telephone. The next contact regarding a positive result will be to the Building Principal. The MRO will also notify the Athletic/Activities Director, by phone, giving only the dates of the collection and reporting. This contact will take place at the earliest convenience of the MRO after a positive result is determined.

If a student’s test results indicate the presence of illegal drugs or banned substances or if the specimen is believed to have been adulterated, the following will occur:

  1. The Building Principal will first notify and meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) at his/her earliest convenience, before notifying the student and Athletic/Activities Director of any positive results. The Principal will then send a written notification to the parent(s)/guardian(s). Test results will be kept for up to one (1) year.

  2. The student will be notified and be required to submit urine specimens for four (4) consecutive sample dates at the expense of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

  3. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) or student wishes to contest the results, a portion of the specimen may be submitted to another certified Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) laboratory for testing at the expense of the parent(s)/guardian(s). The request to do so must be made to the Principal in writing within five (5) workings days from first notification of positive test results.

  4. If positive results on repeat testing indicate recent use of illicit or banned substances or the natural decline of levels of the illicit or banned substance from the body or if the quantitative levels determined to be above the established cutoffs do not reflect current use but natural decay, then negative results may be reported.

All drug test results are considered confidential information and will be handled according to state regulations.