Drug testing policy for JCHS athletes given high marks

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.

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