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Bixby High School to require students to take drug tests when applying for parking permits

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Bixby High School students will be required to pass a drug test when applying for a parking permit this year.

The district announced the policy change in an email to parents earlier this week. Under the new policy, which the district says is "not intended to be disciplinary or punitive in nature," students will be required to sign a contract and to consent to a drug test before they will be eligible for a permit.

"Students who park on school property carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow students, and members of the public to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner," Bixby Public Schools wrote in a letter to parents. "The use of alcohol and illegal drugs impairs a student’s ability to meet this responsibility."

All students applying for permits will be placed in a random testing pool and could be tested more than once, according to the district. An administrator may also request for a student to be tested "based on reasonable suspicion."

Students who violate the drug policy could be disciplined or suspended if the offense also violates the school district's student behavior policy, according to the district.

"The purpose of this policy is to prevent alcohol and illegal drug use, to educate students who park on school property as to the serious physical, mental and emotional harm caused by alcohol and illegal drug use, to alert students who have possible substance abuse problems to the potential harms of use, to prevent injury, illness, and harm as a result of alcohol and illegal drug use, and to strive within the school district for an environment free of alcohol and illegal drug possession and use," the district wrote in the letter.

The district says student-athletes who are already required to take drug tests will not be required to take additional tests for the parking permits.

Students will have to pay for the drug test in addition to the $20 parking permit, according to the district.

The district says students have until Sept. 1 to complete a drug test and obtain a parking permit. Any vehicles parked on campus after that date will be fined or towed.

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