30-day extracurricular ban for student drug use OK'd

September 26, 2004|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

A Howard County student found to be using or possessing alcohol or drugs will face a 30-day suspension from extracurricular activities for a first-time offense under a revised policy effective Friday.

Last month, the school board adopted revisions to the drug and alcohol policy but left the number of suspension days for extracurricular activities to Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin.

The previous policy called for a 70-day ban from extracurricular participation for a first drug or alcohol offense, which troubled school board members and a committee that reviewed the policy.

Cousin accepted a recommendation from high school principals and administrators that students be excluded from activities for 30 days.

Students also face a maximum 30-day school suspension and counseling for a first offense.

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