Violations of the Code of Conduct directly impacts student status
under the Athletic Code.
The number of offenses are cumulative throughout the high
school or junior high/middle school career.
Suspensions may carry over from one school year to the next.
high/middle school code violations do not carry over to the high
school, unless the penalty for the code violation was not served
in District #205 or other school setting.
If a violation occurs during the season or post-season play, the
penalty will be enforced during that particular sport and may
carry over into the next sport in which the student is a
Violations occurring prior to the start of a season will be
enforced during the next sport season in which the student is
allowed to participate.
Athletes are not allowed to participate in a sport for the purpose
of serving a suspension in that sport rather than one where the
student has a record of consistent participation.
Penalties for violations are to be enforced in conjunction with
the athlete’s record of participation. It is recognized that
freshmen and sophomores may not have established a consistent
record of participation.
Suspensions are successfully completed only when the season in
which the suspension is served is also successfully completed.
All cases are decided within the Code and at the discretion of the
If a violation occurs at the time a student is injured or
ineligible, the suspension will start when the student returns to
practice or is academically eligible.
An athlete suspended from school (ISSP, OSSP) is not able to
participate until the full length of the suspension has been
Students alleged to be in violation of the Athletic Code will be
afforded due process of law within the athletic department.
An appeal of the Athletic Director’s decision can be made with a
written request for review to the Superintendent within five days
of the initial decision. The Superintendent shall review all
pertinent information and communicate the decision in writing
within ten days of receipt of the request for review. The decision
of the Superintendent is final. The student is not allowed to
participate during the appeal process.
Procedures for Random Drug Testing
Before a student is eligible to participate in
athletic/extra-curricular/co-curricular activities, they and their
parents must sign an "informed consent" form (along with all other
Each participant will be assigned a number which will be
stored in a computer program. Sixth graders will be added to the
testing group in January of their sixth grade year.
Each week for the high school and every other week for the
middle schools, five numbers will be randomly drawn from the
program. The last drawn number will be used only if one of the
four previously drawn students is absent. If a student is absent
on the day their number is pulled, he/she will automatically be
tested on the next test day. The fifth number, if it is not used,
goes back into the larger pool. After each testing cycle, all
numbers (excluding an absentee) go back in the pool for the next
testing cycle. If a student, who has tested positive within a one
(1) month window, is one of the numbers pulled, he/she will not be
tested because the substance would most likely still be in his/her
system. He/she will be placed back in the system for future
The Athletic Director, Activities Director, Building
Administrator, or their designee will escort the selected
participants from their classrooms to the designated testing site.
The authorized testing vendor will ensure that all testing
procedures, integrity specifications, and confidentiality measures
are met. At the
time of collection a split specimen will be taken with one
labeled A and the other B. "A" will be used for the initial test.
Students who admit to using prohibited substances on the way
to the testing site for drug testing, will not be tested, but will
Appropriate consequences (1/3 season suspension, etc.) This
admission will not be considered a "Voluntary Admission of
If a student refuses to be tested, it will be deemed a
positive result and appropriate consequences will be imposed.
Parents/guardians should ensure that all prescription
medications that students are taking are listed in the students’
Health Records information which is available through the school
nurse. If a student is taking a short term prescription medication
which is not recorded in the Health Records and results of a
random drug test are positive, the student has until the next
school day at 3:00 PM to supply a physician’s script or the
pharmacy bottle with the label attached to the school nurse for
verification. The student may continue to participate until the
deadline. If no valid reason for the positive test is supplied by
the deadline, the appropriate consequences will be imposed.
The vendor will notify the Athletic Director, Activities
Director, or Building Administrator of the test results.
Parents/Guardians shall be notified of a positive test result as
soon as possible. Students with negative test results will be
mailed a congratulatory letter to them and their parents.
If a student tests positive for a prohibited substance, that
student and his/her parent/guardian shall be required to meet with
Director, Activities Director, or Building Administrator to
determine appropriate follow-up steps.
If a student or parent/guardian believes the test results are
erroneous, the parent/guardian has a right to request that a
second test be conducted by the approved vendor. The cost will be
borne by the student/parent/guardian. The parent must make the
request to the
Athletic Director, Activities Director, or designee and
pay for the test within 3 business days of the positive result.
The student will not be allowed to participate until the second
test results are available. Sample "B" will be used to conduct the
second test. The results of the second test will be considered
final. If the second test proves negative, the parent will be
reimbursed for the cost of the test.
Consequences for positive test results will be imposed as
outlined in the Secondary Code of Conduct.
Additionally, a student and a parent/guardian must complete
the Insight Program at Bridgeway or complete a treatment plan as
recommended by the Bridgeway staff prior to returning to the
All costs, beyond the Insight Program, associated with
assessment, treatment, and follow-up testing shall be borne by the
student or the student’s parent/guardian.
The District will not release information concerning the test
results and follow-up procedures to the public. The information
will be shared with appropriate individuals that need to know such
as parent/guardian of the student, a coach, club sponsor or
supervisor if the student is limited in any way with respect to
participation in an extra-curricular activity.
Information regarding a positive test will not be
placed in a student’s permanent file nor will there be any
academic sanctions for a positive test.
Admission of Substance Abuse
Voluntary admission, in writing, by a student or
their legal guardian of an infraction involving substance abuse
will not result in a suspension of participation in activities,
but will count as a first offense.
The purpose of this language is two-fold:
to encourage the student who believes he/she has a substance abuse
problem to seek help in dealing with that problem.
to encourage students who have committed a substance abuse
infraction to admit their mistake and recognize they made a poor
Once knowledge of violation becomes known to the
school or police, it is too late to use the voluntary admission
policy. The provision may be used only once during a student’s
extracurricular or athletic career in District #205.
The transportation code applies in all situations
involving athletic events. When necessary, students may be
released to ride with parents or guardians only.