HHS drug scandal done?

JGFitzgerald -- June 18th, 2008

The report to the school board and the response on the use of pain-killers by Harrisonburg High School football players: no harm, no foul, no change.

Settled and behind us after an independent investigation and time to move on? Or whitewash?

9 Responses to “HHS drug scandal done?”

  1. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    Of course, as an HCPS employee I’m somewhat biased, but I think that the conclusion here is appropriate.

    A lot of people want this report to become public, but it can’t. Federal law and state code both say that student records (including any personally identifiable information) MUST be private. The federal law even says funding will be withheld from divisions that don’t protect student privacy.

  2. Dave Briggman says:

    Funny that you mention pupil rights, Jeremy. Your system and Rockingham both administer student surveys on an frequent basis which violates the federal statute immediately after the one you provided, above:

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode20/usc_sec_20_00001232—h000-.html

    The relevant part of the statute says:

    (b) Limits on survey, analysis, or evaluations

    No student shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning—

    (1) political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;

    (2) mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

    (3) sex behavior or attitudes;

    (4) illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

    (5) critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;

    (6) legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;

    (7) religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or

    (8) income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program),

    without the prior consent of the student (if the student is an adult or emancipated minor), or in the case of an unemancipated minor, without the prior written consent of the parent.

    Your school system gives “notice” of the administration of surveys by advertising the dates in the DNR classifieds…and I’m fairly certain Rockingham gives parents no notice.

    Either way, both fail to comply with the opt-in requirement of the law.

  3. Emmy says:

    Here we go again.

  4. Brian M says:

    Here we go again? Was it ever really resolved the first time? It was blown up in the paper claiming all of these allegations, but then nothing…

    I would hope that HHS & the School Board wouldn’t just whitewash over it, but I suspect that they would. If it was the Swim Team or the Golf Team, the coaches would have been fired and students expelled. But we must remember that it is the Football Team. And Football Teams are notoriously known for getting away with murder.

  5. Emmy says:

    I’m sorry, I should have been more clear on what I was referring to. I meant it towards Dave’s statement about the surveys. Its a yearly thing he brings up.

    I agree that it shouldn’t be ignored.

  6. Brian M says:

    Ahh, gotcha. Being a newbie to this site I don’t have the benefit (is that even the right word) of hearing the same thing posted over and over. Thanks for clarifying, Emmy! =o)

  7. Emmy says:

    Ah I sometimes forget, my apologies. I do think this might be the first time he’s brought it up here though, so its new for all perhaps!

  8. JGFitzgerald says:

    RATB:

    Relevance apparent to Briggman.

  9. Dave Briggman says:

    Oh, Joe, you’re such a wonk.

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