Ketchikan School Board looks at drug-testing policy

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board may start requiring random drug tests for students involved in sports.

On first reading Wednesday night, the board gave its unanimous support to the policy. The measure is scheduled for a final vote June 13.

The proposed policy would require all middle and high school students participating in school sports to be tested at the beginning of the athletic season. A randomly chosen 10 percent of those would be tested weekly thereafter.

If adopted, the policy would take effect in the 2001-2002 school year.

The consequences of a positive test would range from participation in a drug-treatment program to exclusion from school sports.

Gary Steinfort, a coach, complimented the board Wednesday on what he called an outstanding proposed policy.

The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce also sent a letter in support of the policy.

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