Ketchikan school board postpones action on proposed drug-testing policy

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has postponed taking action on a proposed drug-testing policy for student athletes.

The board on Wednesday delayed a decision until Aug. 8 in order to allow the public more time to comment. Board members, who had planned to vote this month, agreed to discuss the issue at their July 11 meeting.

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.

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