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Drug-testing policy to be implemented at north Mississippi school

NEW HOULKA, Miss. (AP) — Officials say a drug-testing policy that will be implemented at a northern Mississippi school is aimed at keeping students off drugs.

News outlets reported this week that the Chickasaw County School District will implement the policy that goes into effect this fall for seventh through 12th grades at Houlka Attendance Center.

Principal Anthony Golding says students participating in extracurricular activities or driving on campus must agree to take random drug testing. Students cannot participate in extracurricular activities if a guardian chooses not to sign a form consenting to the policy.

Testing positive would cause a student to be suspended from the pursuits for at least one month. Subsequent failures would result in longer suspensions. Students who fail the test may submit a doctor’s note or written prescriptions.