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LPS board votes to scale back drug policy

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)-Lawton Public Schools' drug policy, set to roll out this Fall, is scaling back.

In February, board members decided that students participating in extracurricular activities and sports could be randomly tested for drugs if they were reasonably suspected of illegal use.
However, in a 3 to 2 vote Thursday, the board decided to pull back and apply the policy to athletes only. 

“Sometimes when we make plans and decisions we run into where it turns out it was more difficult than what we anticipated. This is a case where we've given the staff a breather, say okay, let's keep our focus on deterring drug use in school, but let's do it over time and master it before we go full blown like we initially intended,” said LPS Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan.

A drug policy limited to athletes at MacArthur High School was already in place last year when the board voted to implement it at the two other high schools.  while also applying it to students participating in extracurricular activities. 

Dr. Tom Deighan said they realized they still needed to nail down the logistics of the plan on a smaller scale before applying the new policy to a larger number of students.

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