WVa County's Schools OK Random Drug Tests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Keyser, W.Va. (AP) -- Students who drive to school or participate in extracurricular activities in Mineral County will soon be subject to random drug testing.

The county school board is contracting with Powell, Ohio-based Sport Safe Testing Services to perform random testing.

Each school will pay the $27 per test cost.

But if a student tests positive, parents will have to pay for follow-up screenings.

A student who tests positive will also be required to attend counseling and will not be able to participate in extracurricular activities for 14 days or drive to school for 90 school days.

Superintendent Skip Hackworth says the board plans to make a video and presentation explaining the policy to students and parents.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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