At Carmel Unified School District we believe preventing substance abuse takes a global approach that involves prevention, education and social-emotional support.
    Please read below to participate in one of our most effective and highly utilized prevention tools:
    To sign your 7th-12th grader up for Voluntary Random Drug Testing, use the VRDT form and policy / en español.

    What is the Voluntary Random Drug Testing (VRDT) program?
    • It is an agreement between student and parent.
    • VRDT is a reason for students to say no to drugs and alcohol.
    • The testing is district-funded and performed by a private, confidential drug testing company which tests students at school and reports the results to the parents (not the school or district).
    What is the purpose of the program?
    • The program is meant to encourage family conversation about drug and alcohol use.
    • VRDT gives kids a tool to say "No."
    Who participates?
    • 7th-12th graders may voluntarily enroll; both the student and their parent must consent.
    • During the 2013-2014 school year, over 50% of 8th-12th graders in the district signed up.
    How will the tests be done?
    • Students are randomly selected by a computer program.
    • The student is called out of class to provide a urine sample in a private bathroom.
    • The sample is identified by number, not name.
    • Students may opt out at any time.
    • If a student refuses to take the test, their parent is notified.
    Which drugs are tested?
    • Alcohol
    • Marijuana/THC
    • Amphetamines (Speed)
    • Barbiturate (Downers)
    • Benzodiasepines (Valium)
    • Cocaine
    • Opiates (Heroin, Codeine)
    • PCP/Angel Dust
    What happens to the results?
    • The parent is mailed a copy.
      • Here is an example of what a parent would receive after a negative result.
      • Here is an example of what a parent would receive after a positive result.
      • Here is an example of what a parent would receive if the sample is unacceptable.
      • Here is an example of what a parent would receive if the student does not produce a sample.
    • If non-negative, the test is double-checked by a lab.
    • If positive, the family is sent a list of outside counseling agencies.
    • Results are destroyed after parent notification; there is no permanent record.
    • The school and district have no knowledge of individual results. There are no school disciplinary consequences.




    Cassandra Ziskind, Ed.D.
    Director II
    Student Services 
    Ph:  831-624-1546 x 2081
    Fx:  831-620-1052

    Tina Gerow
    Administrative Assistant II 
    Director II - Student Services
    Ph: 831-624-1546 x2081
    Fax: 831-620-1052