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Bay District Schools Discusses Drug Prevention

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How can Bay District School leaders best prevent students from bringing drugs onto school campuses? The School Board discussed various ideas at Tuesday afternoon's board meeting, but didn't decide or approve any decisions. 

Board Member Joe Wayne Walker recently proposed a policy to randomly drug test students. Under that policy, students who participate in after-school activities or park on campus would have to give consent to being drug tested.

The board appeared hesitant to discuss that idea but brought up other ideas. Members would like to look into other prevention methods or bringing drug dogs back on campus.

The District used to have a Drug Dog Program with the Bay County Sheriff's Office but chose to eliminate it in 2011 because of low funding.

While the board didn't make any decisions, everyone at the meeting agreed that drug prevention begins with education.

Board Members plan to speak with the community to gather more information and opinions before making any final decisions.

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