Drug testing policy information presented to CCS school board

While random drug testing at Chase County Schools (CCS) was discussed again at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, there was no discussion and no vote.
CCS Activities Director Troy Hauxwell and 7-12 Principal Jon Lechtenberg presented the board with findings from drug testing companies and other schools in Nebraska who already participate in random drug testing on students.
Hauxwell received information from Activities Director Dustin Penas of Blair with numbers of schools doing testing.
“Out of around 133 schools, 28 were testing at that time,” Hauxwell said. “Schools who were testing in our area were Cambridge, Cozad, Gering, Gordon-Rushville, Gothenburg, Ogallala, Perkins County, Scottsbluff, Sidney and Southern Valley. Other schools we know of in the area are Dundy Co. Stratton and Wauneta-Palisade,” he added.
A concern of board member Willy O’Neil from previous meetings was how to help students after getting caught.
After multiple failed calls, Hauxwell spoke with Bloomfield Community School District staff.
At Bloomfield, after a failed drug test there is an automatic 20 day suspension. “They can drop that to a 10 day suspension if they get counseling,” Hauxwell said.
“That’s the only one I’ve really found as far as providing opportunity to get kids some help,” he added.

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