Florida's Columbia County
(Lakeland) School Board has voted to enact a drug testing policy that would
force students who test positive on random drug tests to take six weeks
of drug counseling at their own expense before being allowed to participate
in extracurricular activities. The policy passed 4-1 and is scheduled
to take effect July 1, but now local officials are having second thoughts,
according to the Lake City Reporter.
Under the policy adopted
by the board, all students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities
would be subject to random drug tests. A positive drug test would
require the student to enroll in a licensed Florida drug abuse treatment
program within five days and attend counseling for six weeks, with at least
one session per week.
That could cost students
and their families $100 per week, said board members, some of whom raised
concerns about the fairness of a policy that required "cost prohibitive"
actions for poorer families. School board chairman Glenn Hunter told
the Reporter that the board will meet again to discuss alternatives, including
the possibility of hiring an on-site drug counselor.
Columbia County is one of
a small but growing number of school districts, primarily rural, that is
experimenting with drug testing programs in the wake of June's Supreme
Court decision okaying the random testing of any students involved in extracurricular
activities, which can be defined as broadly as seeking a school parking
permit. Testing of high school athletes had been approved by the
Supreme Court in 1995.
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Issue #259, 10/18/02
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