To the Parent/Guardian of Newport Special School District Student 7th-12th Grade:
The Newport Special School District (NSSD) encourages students to participate in school-sponsored co-curricular and extracurricular activities and believes that the opportunity to participate in such activities, as well as the opportunity to drive to school and park on school property are privileges offered to students on an equal opportunity basis.
NSSD believes drug testing student participants in school-sponsored co-curricular and extracurricular activities, as well as students who drive to school and park on school property serves the important purpose of detecting and preventing illegal drug use among students. Furthermore, implementing random drug testing serves the following objectives:
- To provide students a deterrent to the use of illegal drugs and alcohol;
- To give students a valid reason to resist peer pressure to use illegal drugs and alcohol;
- To prevent injury, illness, and harm as a result of the use of the illegal drugs and alcohol;
- To maintain a school environment free of drug and alcohol use and its effects; and
- To educate students as to the serious physical, mental, and emotional harm caused by the use of illegal drugs and alcohol.
“School-sponsored co-curricular or extracurricular activity” shall mean, without limitation, all 7th – 12th grade interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, special interest clubs and organizations, groups that perform musical performances or dramatic productions, student government, and any other activity or group that participates in contests, competitions, or community service projects on behalf of or as a representative of the District.
NSSD’s policy on Random Drug Testing is posted on the Newport Special School District’s website, www.newportschools.org under High School Handbook, Code #4.24, and Chemical Screen Test. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read this policy. All parents and students will be required to sign a consent form if the student is participating in school-sponsored co-curricular and extracurricular activities or driving to school and parking on school property. Random testing may begin on March 1, 2021 and will be carried out throughout each school year thereafter.
Newport Special School District and its staff care about all students and want to keep them healthy and in a safe learning environment.
Newport Special School District