School board in Louisiana affirms its support of using students’ hair for drug tests

Sept. 28, 2010
Members say tests won’t be put in place until a more detailed policy is in place

From The Baton Rouge Advocate: The Central Community school system in Baton Rouge, La., still plans to test its students for drugs using hair samples, but not for at least two more weeks. The board has voted to immediately restart urinalysis drug testing for students until a more-detailed policy for hair testing is crafted. School Board President Sharon Browning says the board supports its previously announced plan to use hair samples for drug analysis in spite of criticisms that have come from parents over the past month concerning student privacy. EARLIER...from The Baton Rouge Advocate: The Central (La.) Community School Board has voted to temporarily suspend drug testing at the middle and high schools until it further evaluates a new policy using hair samples is further evaluated The decision followed concerns brought to the board by a Central High School parent. She pointed out that the results of the hair test go back 90 days, but school has only been in for two weeks.

From The Baton Rouge Advocate: Beginning this school year, students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities or drive to school at Central Middle and Central High schools in Baton Rouge, La., will have to prove they’re drug-free via a hair sample, school system officials say. The drug test will affect about 450 students at the high school and 150 at the middle school.

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