BIXBY, Okla. - Quick facts:
- Bixby students will soon be required to take drug tests before they are eligible for parking permits.
- The students will be responsible for paying for the tests.
- School officials said in an email that they believe the move will help keep the community safe.
Bixby Public Schools says they will soon require any students who park on campus to first pay for and take a drug test, becoming one of the first school districts in the state to do so.
The school district reportedly announced in an email this week that they believe parking on school property is a privilege, and they intend to implement a policy requiring all those seeking parking passes to first take a drug test.
School officials say the use of alcohol and drugs impairs students’ ability to operate vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner as they park on school property.
They say the policy is not intended to be disciplinary in nature, and they do not plan to issue academic sanction solely for violation of the policy. However, they also say students may be disciplined if a violation of the policy also results in other school district violations.
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A first violation will reportedly result in a meeting with a parent or guardian, counseling and a 30-day parking pass revocation. Students will be able to shorten the revocation through additional counseling and activities.
The district says students and parents will have to sign a contract concerning the policy before they are eligible for a parking permit.
District officials claim the change will not cost them money.
Students will be responsible for both purchasing the $20 parking permits and also paying $25 for a baseline drug test.
They may then be required to submit to random drug testing or testing due to “reasonable suspicion.” The district says students' initial drug test payments will cover these additional tests.
School officials say students who register for a parking permit and fail to pay for both the permit and drug test before September 1 will be subject to fines and towing for parking on campus.
Those who take a baseline drug test for an extracurricular activity for the 2017-18 school year will not be required to take an additional test to park.
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