Drug Testing in Schools

Schools and schoolbuses are meant to be drug-free.  Schools are safe places for children and young adults to learn and be protected by trusted professionals. Bus Drivers going to and coming from school are trusted by parents and guardians to deliver these young people to and from their day at school, and a drug-free environment is critical.

According to a national survey performed by SAMHSA, 4 percent of those working in education, training and library operations had past month illicit drug use. Although this statistic is lower than other occupations, such as construction, it’s still an unfortunate reality that schools aren’t always drug-free. Teachers are self-medicating and dealing with stress by using alcohol, prescription pain relievers, anti-depressants and marijuana, according to experts on substance abuse.  There are more and more stories surfacing about teachersdaycare employees and coaches abusing illegal substances and endangering students.


Drug Testing Bus Drivers

Students are transported to and from school/athletic games and field trips. These employees have several responsibilities which require a clear mind:

  • Ensure the safety of all passengers
  • Maintain order and discipline among students
  • Deal with bad weather, heavy traffic and other driving hazards
  • Exercise caution with boarding and de-boarding students

School bus drivers are required by the United States Department of Transportation to abstain from alcohol and drugs when driving school buses. DOT requires all CDL drivers to be tested for the following:

  •  Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines (amphetamines and methamphetamines)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

Although all CDL holders are mandated by FMCSA to be tested, not all school districts test at the required times. Pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, and random testing are all mandatory tests.

Drug Testing Students 

Highschool Drug UseAbout 17 percent of American high school students are drinking, smoking or using drugs during the school day, according to a new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. The study revealed that nearly 44 percent of students told survey-takers they know a classmate who sells drugs. Marijuana was the easiest drug to come by, followed by prescription drugs, cocaine and ecstasy. A newer form of ecstasy known as “Molly” is rapidly gaining popularity among highschoolers due to it’s easy-to-take pill form, and its references among popular songs.

Some schools (at least 16.5%) have begun drug testing students, while other parents are turning to privately drug testing their children.


Highschool Student Drug Use Facts:

In 2012, 6.5 percent of 8th graders, 17.0 percent of 10th graders, and 22.9 percent of 12th graders used marijuana in the past month—an increase among 10th and 12th graders from 14.2 percent, and 18.8 percent in 2007. Daily use has also increased; 6.5 percent of 12th graders now use marijuana every day, compared to 5.1 percent in 2007.

Based on a survey of 47,000 8th, 10th and 12th-graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan on behalf of the NIDA, one out of every 15 high school seniors smokes marijuana on a daily or near-daily basis.

Read More on the drug and alcohol use among highschool students.


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