The North Platte school board heard about the student drug testing program when it met Monday.

The program began in September. Operations Director Stuart Simpson said about 10 students per month were tested in September-November 2018 and January-April 2019.

Of the 70 students tested, five were positive for drugs.

Their names were not publicized. The results were turned over to the activities director who met with their parents.

Students who test positive for drugs are suspended from extra-curricular activities for one school year.

Simpson said the procedure will continue to operate the same way in the coming school year.

 

Complaints

In other business Monday, the board changed the way complaints are handled, referring the person who complains to the proper party.

The new procedure will be published on the school board’s website, Supt. Ron Hanson said.

According the revised policy step No. 1 is for the complainant to speak directly to the person(s) with whom there is a concern. For example, a parent who is unhappy with a classroom teacher should initially discuss the matter with the teacher, unless the complainant believes speaking directly to the person would subject complainant to discrimination or harassment.

  1. The next step is for the complainant to speak to the person’s direct supervisor.
  2. The next step is for the complainant to speak to the building principal.
  3. Complaints about the operation, decisions, or personnel within a building should be submitted directly to the principal of the building.
  4. The next step is for the complainant to speak to the building principal’s supervisor.
  5. Complaints about the operations of the school district or a building principal should be submitted to these department supervisors:
  • Concerning students, speak to the director of student services.
  • Concerning adults, speak to the director of human resources.
  • Concerning program, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, speak to the directors of teaching and learning.
  • Concerning special education, speak to the director of special education.
  • Concerning Kids Klub, speak to the director of Kids Club.
  • Concerning facilities and maintenance, speak to the director of facilities.
  • Concerning technology, speak to the director of technology.
  1. The next step for the complainant is to speak to the executive director of operations or the superintendent.
  2. Complaints about the operations of the school district or department supervisory should be submitted in writing to the superintendent of schools.
  3. Complaints about the superintendent of schools should be submitted in writing to the president of the school board.
  4. Complaints involving discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, or age may also be submitted, at any time during the complaint procedure to the School District’s Title IX/504 coordinator. Complaints involving discrimination or harassment may also be submitted at any time to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education: by email at OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov; by telephone at (816) 268-0550; or by fax at (816) 268-0599.

 

Also

The board also changed the rule limiting personal use of the district’s internet network by employees.

In other business Monday, the board:

Approved handbooks for both students and staff.

Held four public hearings before the meeting, about four policies. No one from the public spoke.

  1. Bullying. Supt. Ron Hanson showed the board the procedure for filing complaints about bullying. Click HERE for more information and look for “reporting form.”
  2. Student fees.
  3. Nutrition.
  4. Parental involvement.

To read the four policies and the full agenda, click HERE.