Indiana: Eastern Howard Schools School District Beefs Up Drug Test Policies

Judy Hartnett's picture
Monday, August 13, 2012

Students in a central Indiana school district who test positive for drug use could lose the right to participate in extracurricular activities and be forced to undergo counseling as part of changes to the district's drug testing policy.

Eastern Howard Schools Superintendent Tracy Caddell said the revisions to the drug testing policy are designed to get students help if they need it and will allow schools to partner with parents.

The Kokomo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/QLJ7ao ) the previous drug testing policy allowed for random testing of students who participated in extracurricular activities or drove to school, but the results were sent only to parents.

The new policy requires results to be shared with administrators and outlines penalties for offenders that range from 30 days off the team to a 90-day suspension and mandatory counseling for repeat offenders before they can rejoin the group.

Caddell said the goal is to address substance abuse problems before they escalate after high school.

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