JOHNSON – The Johnson Brock School Board approved a first reading of a random drug testing policy.

The proposed policy is for students  grades nine to 12 who are involved in an extra-curricular activity.

Superintendent Jeffrey Koehler expects the policy to be implemented beginning next fall.

Principal Lucus Dalinghaus said school policies are already in place to discourage use of drugs, alcohol and nicotine,  but schools across the state are adding drug testing programs to limit participation in activities.

Consequences for first offenses is no participation in public performance for 21 days and the student is subject to follow-up drug tests.

For a second offense, a student is ineligible for public performance 42 days and a third offense is a year-long prohibition.

 

Two more readings of the proposed policy are planned.