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There are 3 keys to making a student drug testing program successful:

Check.RSDT is used as a TOOL for a preventative, not punitive approach to reduce drug use
Check.RSDT is INTEGRATED into a comprehensive drug prevention program
Check.RSDT ADAPTS to the unique school environment involving students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the local community


Download a copy of the detailed manual here: Checklist for Success: A Manual for Developing a RSDT Program [PDF]

Read Sample Policies
Hunterdon Central Regional High School, NJ
Tallassee City Schools, AL, RSDT Policy [PDF]
[Name Withheld] Bylaws & Policies for RSDT and Drug Prevention - Adopted 2003 [PDF]

Checklist for Success: A Manual for Developing a RSDT includes:

  • Identify the Need for RSDT: Conduct anonymous student surveys to gather information about school-wide drug use and perceptions about illegal drug use. The survey should ask questions about accessibility, usage and opinions about drug use.

  • Present the Idea and Establish Community Relationships: The process for implementing a RSDT program follows a process that is similar to implementing anything new in a school's curriculum. The major decision-makers must review and give approval before presenting the need for the program to the community. Upon approval for a RSDT program, build a support team.

  • Write Policies and Procedures: Policies generally contain four major sections:
    • Statement of Need
    • Introduction / Position Statement
    • Discussion of the Procedures
    • Reviewing the Rights & Responsibilities for the School Community

  • Implement and Evaluate the Program: Does the program need to be improved? What changes can be made?