The Lancaster School Board has approved
two new policies, dealing with alcohol
and drug possession and suspicion-based
testing of a student being under the influence.
The policies define the drugs that students are
prohibited from being under the influence of
at school, the penalities, and also defines
reasonable suspicion testing.
It also says a refusal by a student to take a drug
and alcohol test under the conditions of
reasonable suspicion, shall be considered a
positive test result or offense.
The same goes for the refusal of a student or
their parent to share results of a drug test,
that was mandated by school officials.
Drug tests will be considered confidential, and
won’t be released to law enforcement officials
without a court order or subponena. That is,
unless law requires disclosure of the
The policies also require school administration
to have training every year in drug and alcohol
use and abuse recognition.
Lancaster High School and Middle School
Principal Mark Uppena says it’s
all about making the Lancaster schools a safer
place for students. The Lancaster School Board
approved both policies on a unanimous vote.