New drug testing policy begins

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New drug testing policy begins

Jacob Hallett displays the drug testing policy consent form.

Jacob Hallett displays the drug testing policy consent form.

Madison Pate

Jacob Hallett displays the drug testing policy consent form.

Madison Pate

Madison Pate

Jacob Hallett displays the drug testing policy consent form.

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Recently the board of education changed the school’s drug testing policy.  In addition to the random selection each month, every student involved in any extracurricular activity will get drug tested twice a year.

“I think the drug test is a good thing because it will get students to stop doing drugs,” said sophomore Jacob Hallett.

 Students who test positive the first time will be suspended from extracurricular activities for 180 days. However, students who agree to test every month will only be suspended for 30 days. A second positive test will result in a 180-day suspension from extracurricular activities. Extracurriculars include anything outside of graduation requirements. As in the past, testing results are confidential. 

The new drug testing rule was approved by the school board last month, and the testing started Monday. It will last for several weeks.

Principal Mark Manchester addressed student concerns about the testing, noting that if a student fails a drug test, he/she will have the opportunity to correct the behavior. He also noted that random drug tests every month will continue.

“I think it has a really good chance to have people make wiser choices,” Manchester said.

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