NEW: Edmond School Board to consider changes to new drug policy
EDMOND, Okla. — A local school district is considering changing its random drug testing policy.
The Edmond Public School District’s current policy requires any student athlete or anyone in extra-curricular activities to sign a consent form, which can subject them to random drug tests.
If anyone refuses to sign the form, they will not be allowed to participate in school activities and athletics.
It’s a policy Edmond schools believes holds their student athletes, musicians and debaters to a higher standard.
Right now, Edmond schools’ policy requires those students to sign a consent form, subjecting them to random drug testing.
Jenny Gibbs says, “As a parent I appreciate that policy.”
The school district says recently the unexpected happened, prompting officials to take a second look.
Susan Parks-Schlepp with Edmond Public Schools says, “What prompted this discussion for change was that a parent brought to our attention that her daughter was dropped from a debate class at Edmond North because she refused to sign the consent form.”
As it turns out, this particular student’s activity was also a class.
Parks-Schlepp says students should be able take the classes they want but refusing to sign the consent form means no after school competitions.
Executive director of the OSSAA says if the district needs to take a second look he believes they are just making the policy better.
“There’s nothing wrong with change,” says Ed Sheakley. “They have to tailor it as they go along they need to make changes to it if they feel like there are some things they can do to make it better than that’s what they need to do.”
Jennifer Duncan’s kids are young but she says time flies. Before she knows it little Tucker will be signing that consent form at Edmond North.
Years from now she hopes the district is still holding her student athlete responsible for his actions.
“I’m not surprised by it and I won’t be surprised if it is the norm in 14 years,” says Duncan. “If my son is going to agree to be drug free in order to be on a team that he would follow through with that commitment.”
The school board is meeting Monday night to discuss possible changes to the policy, which would make it less harsh.