North Olmsted school board approves drug testing for high school students

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NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio –The North Olmsted school board met Wednesday night and approved drug testing for high school students.

The tests would be mostly random and for students involved in athletics, extra- and co-curricular activities and those parking a car on campus.

High School Principal Jeff Stanton introduced the idea in April and the school district has been refining the policy since then.

Students would not be punished the first time the tested positively. Instead, they would be required to meet with the principal and their parents, then be referred to a guidance counselor.

The students would also have to take part in future drug tests.

All athletes may be required to take a test before the season, and could be subject to random tests throughout the season as well.

Non-athletes requesting a parking pass or participating in school clubs and organizations would have to agree to be tested randomly.

Athletes who tests positively a second time would lose eligibility to participate in 20 percent of the regular season’s scheduled contests.

Athletes who test positively a third-time would be suspended for 50 percent of a season. A fourth violation would mean the student would be permanently denied participation in athletics.

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