It's My CallOur schools are taking a stand against alcohol and drug abuse. The School Board and Superintendent are asking you and all other high school students to stand up, be counted as Drug Free and participate in the It's Our Call/It's My Call Program. These two powerful and challenging programs allow you to make a choice and a statement that will not only affect your future but the future of other students as well.
Required if you choose to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, academic competitions, and clubs
Provides an opportunity to show your commitment to being free from drug, alcohol, and steroid use
Random selection for drug and steroid testing
Drug testing (urinalysis) by a certified laboratory
Privacy and confidentiality respected
Free assessment and intervention if test is positive.Link to the district policy at WS/FCS Drug and Alcohol Policy 5131.6 .
Who Do You Want to Be?
“It’s My Call” is an opportunity for students to self-evaluate and make a personal commitment. “It’s Our Call” allows students participating in extra-curricular activities to LEAD BY EXAMPLE and demonstrate responsibility through their choices. Both programs are important steps towards creating a CARING, ACHIEVING and SAFE school culture.
PROGRAM OVERVIEWA nationally recognized, exemplary random student drug testing program based upon RESPECT for all student participants and their families ;It’s My Call” is open to all High School Students. Students who participate in extra-curricular activities are required to enroll in “It’s Our Call.”Private and ConfidentialTesting is conducted at school by Partnership for a Drug Free NC
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is included in extra-curricular activities?
A: Extra-curricular activities include student government, civic and service clubs, athletics, performing groups, subject area and special interest organizations, honor societies and other clubs sponsored by the school. If participation is needed for your grade in a class, you are not required to enroll.
Q: Do I sign a pledge card every year?
A: No. You enroll once, and you are making a commitment for your entire high school career.
Q: What if I drop out of extra-curricular activities? Am I still enrolled in “It’s My/Our Call?”
A: Yes, unless you and your parent submit a written request to your school or PDFNC.
Q: How many participants will be drug tested?
A: Up to 33% of all participants (middle school and high school) will be randomly selected by an independent agency each school year.
Q: How does the drug test work?
A: The test will be a urinalysis, the same type of test used by many employers. Procedures will adhere to strict standards to ensure privacy, respectful treatment, and the accuracy of the results. A NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) certified lab will analyze the urine sample for a wide array of commonly abused drugs including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and other controlled substances.
Q: If I am tested, will I know the results?
A: You and your parent(s) will be notified by letter, usually within 10 business days, if the test is “positive” (substances are detected in the urine).
Q: What happens if my test is “positive?”
A: You and your parent(s) will be given the opportunity to participate in an assessment provided by Partnership for a Drug-Free NC (PDFNC). Intervention, ranging from an educational program to intensive treatment, will be discussed with you and your parent(s). No one at your school, including principals and teachers, will be told of the test results.
Q: What is the cost of the intervention services?
A: There will be no cost for services provided by PDFNC. Students and families who need or choose alternative services must have the alternative approved and are financially responsible for those services.
Q: What if I cannot provide a urine sample?A: You will be provided with water and will be asked to wait an hour. If you cannot provide a urine sample at that time, you (with your parent(s)) will be asked to provide a sample on-site at PDFNC. If a medical condition prevents you from providing a sample, that condition must be confirmed by your physician.
A: If you choose not to provide a urine sample, the test results will be considered “positive.”
Q: What if I test “positive” and then choose not to participate in the assessment or recommended intervention program?
A: If you do not schedule and attend the assessment or if you choose not to participate in the recommended intervention program, a letter will be sent to the administrator at your school explaining that you have chosen to withdraw from “It’s My/Our Call.” Your test results remain confidential. Consequently, in accordance with Policy 5131.6, you have also chosen not to participate in extra-curricular activities at any school for 365 calendar days. The principal will privately notify your coach or club advisor that you will no longer be a participant. If at any time within 365 calendar days, you choose to follow through with the recommended assessment and intervention, you may rejoin “It’s My/Our Call” and return to extracurricular participation.
Q: What if I am attending or have completed the recommended intervention and I test “positive” a second time in a random test?
A: If you test “positive” a second time or if you choose not to participate in a second drug test, you will be withdrawn from “It’s My/Our Call” and will be ineligible to participate in the program for 365 calendar days.
Q: What if I am taking prescription drugs?
A: If selected for a drug test, you will be asked to list the prescription drugs you are taking. If you test “positive” for any of these substances and your prescription and the dosage are confirmed to PDFNC by your physician, your test results will be considered “negative.”
WINSTON-SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOLS
“IT’S MY CALL/IT’S OUR CALL” PARTICIPANT ENROLLMENT, PERMISSION AND RELEASE FORM
Student Name (Please Print): ___________________________________ School _____________________________________ Grade_______
Student Number: ________________________________ Date of Birth: _____________________ Crosby Scholar? _____ YES _____ NO
Parents Name(s): ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Home Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone: ________________________________________ Parent’s Work Phone: ____________________________________________
We, the undersigned student and parent, have read and understand the “It’s My Call/It’s Our Call” program brochure and its policies and procedures. We give our consent for the student to participate for his/her entire middle school career, and understand that participation includes random selection for urinalysis drug testing. If selected, the student agrees to provide a urine sample for testing. We authorize the release of test results to Partnership for a Drug-Free NC and to the student’s parent(s). We agree to participate in the recommended intervention program in the event he/she tests “positive.” PDFNC is authorized to release a student’s decision about remaining a program participant to the student’s principal (or designee). A student, with parental consent, may revoke this agreement at any time and withdraw from the program by notifying WS/FCS or PDFNC in writing. (Actions currently in process will not be subject to this revocation.)
Student’s Signature ______________________________________ Date ______________
Parent’s Signature ________________________________________ Date ______________