School Districts To Enforce Strict Drug Regulations 8/21/13
August 21, 2013
Midland/Odessa - As students gear up for the school year, school districts are doing the same by enforcing new and stricter drug regulations. School officials at both MISD and ECISD say it’s important to do this due to the amount of repeated offenses and support from the community. Although the two districts have very different rules their goals are the same, and that’s to remove drugs from inside the school walls.
“We can’t have you on the campus potentially dealing and selling to other kids, we have to send you to the street,” said ECISD Superintendent of Secondary Operations Roy Garcia.
This year ECISD will be operating on a “three strikes you’re out” kind of method. The first offense will result in a student having to serve 20 days in an alternative center; the second gives them 40 and on the third time they will be expelled for at least 60 days.
“The idea is to have less kids busted for doing drugs, we don’t want to expel a whole bunch of kids to the streets,” said Garcia.
For MISD the punishment is much more strict, the first offense calls for recommended expulsion. Officials say this is their way of sending a message that there is zero tolerance for using, selling or having drugs on campus.
ECISD’s Roy Garcia says, “We have what is perceived to be an easier, or weaker policy and it’s not, because ours provides our kids an opportunity to correct the behavior.” With their policy it allows them to work with the students more and hopefully fix the problem before it becomes a habit.
“The hope is after one, two offenses, we are going to take care of a few kids and get the message across that we can’t be bringing drugs to school, we can’t do drugs in school. This is hard enough, this is firm enough, but it is also fair,” said Garcia.
Garcia says this policy works best for the district because he wants to avoid expulsion if possible. He says the more a student misses class the more likely they will be to drop out.