OASD developing random drug testing program at intermediate and high schools

OASD developing random drug testing program at intermediate and high schools

Implementation, if approved by school board, impacts more than student-athletes Directors of the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club, during the group’s monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the high school, were given an overview of the random drug testing program being developed by the district’s administrative staff. Lisa Dawes, OASD Director of Student Services and Scott Raduka, the OHS athletic director, made the presentation. Dawes said that work on a policy and practice statement is underway, but implementation, if approved by the OASD Board of Education, is not expected until the 2015-2016 school year, beginning perhaps late next summer. The School Board will probably get a chance to discuss and vote on the policy/practice at its January meeting. Dawes and Raduka also said that the program was not designed to be punitive, but rather as a means for further reaching out to students who may need help with substance abuse. The policy/practice, if approved, will not be directed solely at student athletes, but to any student involved in co-curricular activities. This means students who participate in clubs at Nature Hill and Silver Lake, plus those at the high school, will be part of the random testing program. Students in grades seven through 12 will be included. Also included are students requesting parking privileges at the high school, which, Dawes pointed out, means that approximately 70% of all students will be covered by the policy. Parents of students who participate in sports and the other activities and programs must provide their consent to the testing. Absent parental consent, a student will not be eligible to participate in those activities or programs. Recognizing... read more

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