The CNE Board of Education recently adopted a policy that allows High School students who participate in Sports, Marching Band, or Extra-Curriculars to be drug tested as a condition of their participation. Our main goal is to keep all students safe and this is one more tool that helps us do that. This is not meant to be a “gotcha policy”, but just one more reason to help students make positive choices and avoid peer pressure.
The policy calls for all athletes to be drug tested at the beginning of their season and then up to 20% of the in-season athletes to be randomly tested at varying intervals throughout the season. The date of the initial “whole-team” drug testing will be communicated out in advance, the dates of the random testing will not be communicated.
The drug testing will be conducted by Great Lakes Biomedical
(http://www.greatlakesbiomedical.com/) under the
supervision of the High School Administration. The results of the testing will be interpreted by a Medical Review
Officer and communicated to parents. I
have attached the policy that details how the testing will be conducted and penalties
for your review.
We will begin testing all Winter Sport Athletes on January 11th
at 2:30p. This includes Basketball, Wrestling, Quiz Team, Bowling, and
Cheerleading. All Winter Athletes need
to turn in a signed Informed Consent
by the end of school on December 21, 2017. Any athlete who fails to turn in a signed Informed Consent or does not test on January 11th will
be removed from their respective team.
We will communicate the date of Spring Athlete testing in January. For the purpose of this policy Marching Band will be considered “in-season” during the Fall Sports Season and will be tested accordingly.