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Kansas district approves drug testing for some students

Posted May 11

— Another Kansas school district has announced plans to randomly drug test students who participate in athletics and activities such as debate.

The Manhattan Mercury (http://bit.ly/2pCEovc ) reports that the policy takes effect this fall at Wamego Public Schools. The school board voted 6-1 Monday to approve an amended random drug testing policy.

The policy will affect students involved in Kansas State High School Activities Association events.

The amended policy lowered penalties for first-time violations from a 90-day suspension for KSHSAA participants to 45 days, second- time violation penalties from a 180-day suspension to a 90-day suspension, and a third-time violation from a 365-day ban to a 180-day ban.

Suspended students can still practice, but they aren't allowed to participate in games or competitions. Banned students won't be allowed to practice.

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