Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

The guidelines outlined below provide a way for the school to minister to its students and families by offering maximum support while maintaining a “No Tolerance” commitment to the community.

Providing a safe school environment, and at the same time, promoting an atmosphere of health and wellness is critical to the philosophy and overall mission of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.  As part of this mission, it is imperative that students and parents fully understand the consequences for drug and alcohol use, abuse and/or distribution.  For questions or concerns regarding the school’s Drug and Alcohol Testing policies, contact Janet Gibson, Health and Wellness Counselor.

In light of this commitment, students attending Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School will be subject to:

  • Random drug and/or alcohol testing, and
  • Upon reasonable suspicion, may be required by the school to undergo such testing. 
  • Providence Canine Services has been employed by the school in an effort to deter students from bringing illegal substances onto campus.

Students found to be in possession of illegal substances are subject to all Drug/Alcohol First Offense Consequences.

The cost of the random testing will be absorbed by the school while the cost of reasonable suspicion testing will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Drug/Alcohol Policy at School Sponsored Events

The school reserves the right to randomly test all students at all school activities.  If found in violation of the Drug/Alcohol Policy, the student’s parents will be immediately notified and level consequences will be applied.

Random Testing

Collection Process
If selected, a student is required to provide a hair sample at the designated BMCHS collection site.  Once pulled from class, the student must stay in the designated area until testing is successfully completed. This collection process will take approximately 5-10 minutes.

A urine test will be required when deemed necessary.  The student will be required to test at a location determined by the school.  A parent must accompany the student.  If a *dilute sample result is received from the lab, a parent will be called and instructed to pick up their son/daughter and proceed directly to the collection lab.  A parent must be present during this lab procedure.  If a second sample is dilute, it will be an assumed positive.

*Too much water consumed prior to collection.

 A.     Requirements for 1st Positive Random Test Result

  1. All test results are kept in the strictest of confidence between the testing agency, the school’s Health and Wellness Counselor and the Principal.  The parent/guardian of a student is notified by the Health and Wellness Counselor if their student’s test results are determined to be positive.  Any student who has a positive test result is subject to the following requirements.
  2.  A drug/alcohol dependency assessment and consultation.  The assessment must be completed within 2 weeks of request.  Two sessions are required.  Both parents are required to participate in the assessment.
  3. Meeting/s with Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Health and Wellness Counselor to ensure that step one is being followed and to determine if additional counseling is warranted of a positive random drug test.
  4. The student will be retested 100 days after confirmation of a positive test result.  Providing the final test is negative, the student’s name will be returned to the student pool for random testing.
  5.  If a student is involved in athletics at the time they receive a positive test result, they will be required to obtain a doctor’s release in a prescribed time as designated by the Wellness Counselor before resuming activity.
  6. Expenses for any above-mentioned items will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  7. Attendance at appropriate Chance to Change Drug/Alcohol education courses will be required.  The student and at least one parent are required to attend.
  8. Failure to adhere to above requirements would result in immediate dismissal.

 B.   Drug/Alcohol Consequences for 2nd Positive Test Result Specific to Random Drug Testing

  1.  Five day out-of-school suspension.  No credit for work missed.
  2.  A Drug/Alcohol dependency assessment and consultation.  The assessment must be completed within two weeks of request.  Two sessions are required.  Both parents are required to participate in the assessment.
  3.  Attendance at appropriate Chance to Change Drug/Alcohol education courses is required.  The student and at least one parent are required to attend.
  4.  Suspension from all school extra-curricular activities for 15 days.
  5.  For a student to be re-admitted to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, he or she will be placed on a disciplinary contract for the remainder of the semester in which the offense occurred as well as the next semester.  Any student on contract for substance use or possession can be required to be tested at any time during the term of the contract.  Expenses for any of the above mentioned items will be the responsibility of the parent.

C.   Drug/Alcohol Consequences for 3rd Positive Test Result Specific to Random Drug Testing

Repeat offense of the drug and alcohol policy at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School places the student in serious jeopardy of being able to remain a student at the school.  The administration will meet with the student and parents to determine the nature of the offense and the subsequent action.  If the student is allowed to return, he/she will be placed on contract for the entire time he/she remains enrolled at the school.  The contract will include, but will not be limited to, regular drug testing, counseling with documentation and suspension from extra-curricular activities for no less than 30 days.

Reasonable Suspicion Testing

Reasonable suspicion is a logical conclusion based on experiences, observation and first hand knowledge of a student’s appearance, speech and/or behavior resulting in a sincere concern that a student may be involved with drugs and/or alcohol.  The following penalties apply to students who are under the influence or in possession of drugs/alcohol during a school day, on school grounds or during a school sponsored activity.  Any student required by the school to take a drug test based on reasonable suspicion, and the results are determined to be positive by the testing agency, is subject to the penalties listed below.

A.    Drug/Alcohol 1st Offense Consequences

  1. Ordinarily, a two-day out-of-school suspension.
  2. A Drug/Alcohol dependency assessment and consultation. The assessment must be completed within two weeks of request. Two sessions are required. Both parents are required to participate in the assessment.
  3. Attendance at appropriate Chance to Change Drug/Alcohol education courses is required. The student and a parent are required to attend.
  4. Suspension from all school extra-curricular activities for 15 days.
  5. For a student to be re-admitted to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, he or she will be placed on a disciplinary contract for the remainder of the semester in which the offense occurred as well as the next semester.  Any student on contract for substance use or possession can be required to be tested at any time during the term of the contract.  Expenses for any of the above mentioned items will be the responsibility of the parent.

 B.    Drug/Alcohol 2nd Offense Consequences

Repeat offense of the drug and alcohol policy at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School places the student in serious jeopardy of being able to remain a student at the school.  The administration will meet with the student and parents to determine the nature of the offense and the subsequent action.  If the student is allowed to return, he/she will be placed on contract for the entire time he/she remains enrolled at the school.  The contract will include, but will not be limited to, regular drug testing, counseling with documentation and suspension from extra-curricular activities for no less than 30 days.

Tobacco Possession and/or usage

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School recognizes that the use of tobacco has been shown to be linked to illnesses and disabilities and that federal and state law prohibits smoking in any indoor facility, or the grounds thereof, which is used to provide educational services to children.  Therefore, smoking, chewing or any other use of tobacco by staff, students, and members of the public is prohibited on, in, or upon any school property.  It is specifically directed that this ban on the use of tobacco products will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will also apply to everyone providing service to the school.

“School property” is defined as all property owned, leased, rented or otherwise used by  Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School including but not limited to the following:

  • All interior portions of any building or other structure used for instruction, administration, support services, maintenance or storage.
  • All school grounds over which the school exercises control including areas surrounding any building, athletic field, as well as all recreation and parking areas.
  • All vehicles used by the school for transporting students, staff, visitors or other person.

“Tobacco” is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and any other kind and form of tobacco prepared in such manner to be suitable for chewing, smoking, or both and includes any other product packaged for smoking.

“Use” is defined as lighting, chewing, inhaling or smoking any tobacco as defined within this policy.

“Staff” includes, but is not limited to, full-time, part-time and contract employees.

Signs will be posted in prominent places on school property to notify the public that smoking or other use of tobacco products is prohibited.

Students are also prohibited from possessing tobacco on, in or upon any school property.  If students are found carrying cigarettes or other tobacco products, the tobacco product will be confiscated. Parents will be notified when a student is found to be in possession of a tobacco product.  The product will be confiscated. Students violating this policy will be subject to tobacco possession and/or usage consequences listed below.

Employees are warned that violation of this policy may lead to dismissal action.

Patrons who violate this policy may be asked to leave the school premises.

Tobacco 1st Offense Consequences

One day in-school suspension.

Tobacco 2nd Offense Consequences

One day out-of-school suspension.  Student will be placed on disciplinary probation for one semester upon return to school.