An Indiana school board has approved a new policy allowing school officials to drug test students.

Students eligible for testing are those deemed reasonably suspected of using illegal substances.


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The board of trustees of the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. passed the policy 5-0 Monday night. The News and Tribune reports students who test positive would be referred to a drug intervention program for counseling. The program also will train administrators and teachers to recognize drug issues. Assistant Superintendent Bill Briscoe said the policy is meant to help students, not punish them. He said the policy defines what reasonable suspicion is and covers events on school grounds, away from them and while traveling to them. h/t wndu

Like police agencies, the school board policy allows administrators to consider refusals to submit to testing as a positive result.