Drug testing policy for JCHS athletes given high marks
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Jefferson City High School’s sports programs performed nearly 2,500 tests in the first two years of its drug-testing-for-athletes policy.
The results: 12 positives — six each year.
Students who tested positive for a banned drug were required to sit out games, activities director Mike McGurk said in an interview last week.
When he asked the seven-member school board to approve the policy in July 2009, McGurk said: “We’re not trying to ‘get’ kids, we’re trying to give them the ‘out’ and prevent them from going down the wrong path” if someone offers them drugs.