Maize Schools End Random Drug Tests For Students In After-School Activities

Apr 30, 2013

The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.

Maize's School Board recently voted to eliminate the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.

A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.

A recent study on the policy's effectiveness showed that random drug testing did more to shame students than to deter them from drug use. Only four students tested positive for drug use from 2007 - 2012.

The district says it will put more emphasis on drug prevention and education. Maize schools will also keep using drug-sniffing dogs in hallways and on school parking lots.