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1305.1: Drug Testing Guidelines

James Rumsey Technical Institute is committed to being a drug free school.  As a condition of Simulated Workplace, all high school students who are on the path to become program completers must submit to a mandatory drug test.  First year high school students are assigned to a random pool to be drug tested. Random drug testing may occur at any time during the school day.  Depending on the program, postsecondary students may be required to submit to drug testing prior to enrollment and through the duration of the program.

1305.2: High School and Postsecondary

JRTI instructors and administration can require a student to submit to a drug test if there is a suspicion of drug use.

1305.3: Privacy and Confidentiality

The testing is administered by way of urinalysis. Appropriate steps are taken to (1) respect the privacy of students, and (2) prevent falsification of testing. Upon receiving a notice from administration that the student has been selected for a drug test, the student will go to an assigned area and wait until it is his/her turn to produce a specimen. When the test administrator or designee completes the screening process, the student is permitted to leave the test area, unless the initial screen is positive for drugs. If the screening test indicates a positive screen, the verification process is implemented. If a student is unable to produce a urine sample, he/she has a time limit of 3 hours to produce a sample. At that time if the student is still unable to produce a sample, the student must make an appointment with a doctor to see if a medical reason exists to explain the inability to produce a urine sample. These medical appointments and any further tests or treatments will be paid by the student. The results of the drug test will be used to determine eligibility for continued participation and enrollment at James Rumsey Technical Center.

1305.4: Refusal to Submit to a Drug Test

Refusal to submit to a drug test will be considered insubordination and will be treated as a disciplinary matter as mandated by State Board Policy 4373.

1305.5: Tobacco and E-Cigarettes Policy

(All tobacco products and their lookalikes, i.e. cigarettes, “vapes”, e-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, etc.) The West Virginia State Board of Education has ruled that NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS will be allowed in or outside of schools. No person may distribute or use tobacco products in the school building or on school grounds. Students under 18 years of age may not possess tobacco products as outlined by WV State Code 16-9a-1 through 16-9a-4. Students found using or in possession of tobacco products will be suspended from school and/or issued a citation (ticket). Noncompliance is a Level 3 offense, and consequences may be found in Policy 4373. The possession and/or use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes/vapors) are considered the same as tobacco products and are not permitted in or on school property.

1305.6: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy

Under no condition will alcoholic beverages, liquor, narcotics, or controlled substances be permitted in or on the school property or off-campus during school sponsored trips or activities. No one under the influence of alcohol or narcotics will be allowed on campus or allowed to participate in school functions including trips and off-campus activities. Violators will be subject to suspension, expulsion, and/or legal action. The purpose of these regulations is to comply with the State and Federal Safe Schools Act of 1995. Those persons found to be in violation of this policy will be prohibited from attending this school, financial aid will be terminated, and legal action will be taken. Good workers do not compromise the safety of themselves or others by using alcohol or drugs. In a training facility such as James Rumsey Technical Institute, substance abuse has no place.

1305.7: Controlled Substance

Controlled substance within the policy’s meaning shall include all those legally classified as “controlled substance narcotics” or “dangerous substances.” Also included are any stimulant, depressant, or mood altering chemical (hallucinogenic chemicals, marijuana, alcoholic beverages, etc.) Students shall not use, possess, or distribute any controlled substance on school property, school buses, or any school sponsored event. Intent to use, sell, or distribute “look alike drugs” and/or various instruments and materials commonly known to be intended for the use of or preparation of a controlled substance, shall be in violation of this policy. COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY. Substance use and abuse in school poses a serious threat to the academic, social, and emotional health of all students. Consequently, it is the school’s responsibility to make every effort to reduce the threat, discipline the offender, and counsel those who need specific education and help.

1305.8: Legal Sanctions Applied Under Local, State, and Federal Laws

In addition to the general federal statutes that make it a crime to possess or distribute a controlled substance, there are special federal laws designed to protect children and schools from drugs. The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 makes it a federal crime to sell drugs in or near a public or private elementary or secondary school. Under this “schoolhouse” law, the selling of drugs within 1,000 feet of school grounds is punishable by up to double the sentence that would apply if the sale occurred elsewhere. Even more serious, mandatory penalties are available for repeat offenders. Distribution or sale to minors of controlled substances is also a federal crime. A person over the age of 21 who sells drugs to anyone under the age of 18 runs the risk of receiving up to double the sentence than if sold to an adult. Once again, more serious penalties can be imposed on repeat offenders. Possession of marijuana for personal use is a felony. Conviction can mean a sentence of not less than two years nor more than ten for the first offense. Applicants for jobs might be asked if they have ever been charged or sentenced for a felony. Conviction of a felony means loss of voting rights. Possession of LSD for personal use makes one subject to a fine and prison term.