High school students in any MSHSAA-sponsored activity may have to submit to random drug tests under a measure the school board introduced Monday night.
Under Jefferson City Public Schools' current policy, anyone taking part in a sport sponsored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association, such as football or basketball, has to submit to a random drug screen that checks for opiates, amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana. The proposal intoduced at Monday night's school board meeting would expand the requirement to any MSHSAA-sponsored activity, such as band, the speech or debate teams, or Scholars Bowl. Superintendent Dr. Brian Mitchell said expanding the requirement lets the district fight drug abuse among a broader array of students. He said a number of school districts nationwide have implemented similar changes.
The school board did not debate or vote on the measure Monday night. If adopted, it would go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.