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The Board of Trustees is committed to maximizing the health and safety of district students and recognizes the district's role in helping to protect students from the dangers associated with illegal drug use and drug abuse. To support the district's substance abuse prevention efforts, the Board desires to establish a drug testing program in the district's high schools that will provide a deterrent from drug use and help refer drug users to appropriate counseling and rehabilitative services.

The Superintendent or designee may establish and maintain a voluntary drug testing program. Participation in this program shall require the written consent of the student and his/her parents/guardians.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35160.5 District policy rules and regulations; requirements; matters subject to regulation

44049 Known or suspected alcohol or controlled substance abuse by student

51262 Use of anabolic steroids; legislative finding and declaration

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

Article 9, Section 5 Common school system

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

350 Fees not permitted

COURT DECISIONS

Brown v. Shasta Union High School District, No. C061972, 2010 WL 3442147 (Cal. App. 3d Sept. 2, 2010)

Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls, (2002) 122 S.Ct. 2559

Vernonia School District v. Acton, (1995) 115 S.Ct. 2385

Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899

Management Resources:

OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY PUBLICATIONS

What You Need To Know About Drug Testing in Schools, August 2002

WEB SITES

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.nida.nih.gov

Office of National Drug Control Policy: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: December 9, 2010 Vista, California