Andrews ISD Tests for Synthetic Drugs 9/19/13
CBS 7 News
Andrews Isd has made some important changes to its drug policy. Not only is it testing for synthetic drugs now, it's also changing how its tested and the kind of consequences.
The school will be administering random drug testing to any student involved in an extracurricular activity. Now, instead of just urination tests, the school will also be doing cheek swab and hair follicle testing.
Andrews Superintendent Bobby Azam says its not about catching the kids, it's about preventing them from doing it in the first place and trying to give them an excuse about why they don't want to try it.
"Blame us, use the school as an excuse for why you don't want to try something," says Azam.
The new methods in drug testing will be at no additional cost to taxpayers since the administration had already planned for the changes for this years budget.
Another change will be in the consequences. Before, there were three strikes in place, and then a student was kicked out of the extracurricular activity. Now, in the third strike, the student will be removed from the activity for over 60 days, will need to test again, will go in front of a committee, and may have the opportunity to enter back into the program. They might not necessarily be able to perform, but they could enter back into the activity as a member.
Azam says he thinks this is a way to allow students the opportunity to change and stay out of trouble.
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