Drug Deterrence Programs in MISD
Further information is available in Policy FNF (LOCAL).
Use of trained canines:
MISD utilizes specially trained non-aggressive canines to sniff out and alert officials to the current presence of concealed prohibited items. The main purpose of this program is to deter students from bringing illegal substances to school. However, it also serves as a minimally invasive way of keeping our students and staff safe. The dogs will help MISD officials to locate and remove contraband from campuses.
During random/unannounced campus visits, the dogs will sniff the air around lockers, gym areas, restrooms, vehicles, vacated classrooms and school grounds as they search for potential contraband items. Before a classroom is checked, students will be asked to exit the classroom (for 5 to 8 minutes) while school personnel accompany the canine team. With an administrator or teacher present, the canine team will sniff the interior of the room including the air around any belongings left behind. This includes backpacks, purses etc. MISD policy precludes the use of their dogs sniffing any student, employee, visitor or anyone else while on district property or at any district event. The canines are friendly and non-aggressive.
If contraband of any kind is found, the possessing student shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
MISD requires drug testing of any student in grades 7-12 who chooses to participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities. Students are subject to random/unannounced drug testing. The purpose is to deter student use of drugs, and help enforce a drug-free educational environment. Up to 30% of the students may be randomly selected for each random test date. The drug-testing laboratory utilizes a random selection method to identify students chosen for random testing.