Drug Testing Policy for 7th-12th Grade Students
OASD school board approved a new policy for random drug testing of 7th-12th grade students who participate in school athletics, clubs or organizations, or who have a school parking pass.
The safety of all students at school and in school-related activities is our highest priority. We welcome your questions and feedback regarding the drug testing policy and our comprehensive AODA programming, designed to help students live drug- and alcohol-free lives. For more information, contact your principal, guidance counselor or call the district office at 262-560-1115.
Wisconsin is also one of several states in recent months to see a rash of vaping-related lung disease cases, with most of the cases involving youth and young adults. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is investigating the issue, but it’s all the more reason to take teen e-cigarette use seriously.
The use of e-cigarettes by youth has skyrocketed to epidemic proportions both in Wisconsin and nationally. Twenty percent of Wisconsin high school students report currently using e-cigarettes, up from around 8% in the 2014 Youth Tobacco Survey. Youth are attracted to these products’ flavors – 89% of Wisconsin high school students say they wouldn’t try an unflavored tobacco product.
One product increasingly popular with teens is an e-cigarette that resembles a flash drive. They are easy to conceal and contain as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. They emit limited odor, and their aerosol quickly dissipates. These features make the products easier for kids to use in school.
Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is particularly harmful to adolescent brains because they are still developing, and nicotine affects the parts of the brain that control learning, memory, and attention. E-cigarette use by young people also increases the likelihood of conventional cigarette use and addiction to other substances.
• E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens Tobacco Prevention Toolkit (Stanford Medicine) - for grades 9-12
• E-Cigarette & JUUL Prevention Program (CATCH – Coordinated Approach to Child Health) – for grades 5-12
• The Real Cost of Vaping: Understanding the Dangers of Teen E-Cigarette Use (Scholastic and the FDA) – for grades 9-12
• Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes (CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health) – for youth ages 11 – 18.
• This Is Quitting (Truth Initiative and Mayo Clinic)
• Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)
• Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) (American Lung Association)
• Tobacco Is Changing (Wisconsin Department of Health)