Georgetown I.S.D. has a vital interest in maintaining a positive learning environment that is safe and healthy for all students. To fulfill that purpose, the District designed this random drug testing program as a positive, proactive approach to promote a drug and alcohol free student body. The program is academically non-punitive. However, it is designed to teach self-responsibility and that there are consequences for misbehavior.
By adopting this program, the District desires to: (1) provide for the health and safety of all students, (2) undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use illegal drugs, (3) deter students from using drugs, (4) prevent injury or harm to students that may arise as a result of drug use, and (5) encourage students who use drugs to participate in a drug treatment program.
Since drug use can increase the risk of injury to students participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities and since these students are often role models to other students, the District shall require all students in grades 9-12 who participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities to undergo random drug testing.