Derby school officials will host a meeting tonight where parents, students and community members can learn more about a drug-testing policy that will take effect this fall.
The policy, approved by the Derby school board last month, will require students participating in sports or other extracurricular activities at Derby High School and Derby Middle School to agree to random drug tests.
Under the policy, 12 students will be tested each month at the high school and six at the middle school. School districts in Maize, Wellington and El Dorado have similar policies.
Random students will be chosen to submit a urine test, and a 10-panel scan will check for drugs such as cocaine, opiates and marijuana as well as alcohol.
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A positive test would result in a minimum four-week suspension from extracurricular activities, such as sports, school dances and student organizations. Results would not be available to the police department without a subpoena and would have no effect on academic records.
Parents would have the right to appeal a positive test if the substance was medically authorized.
They also can choose at the beginning of the school year whether or not to include their child in the program. Not participating would make the child ineligible for sports and other activities.
Today's meeting is 6 p.m. in the Derby High School auditorium. Another will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Derby administrators and representatives from the drug testing company will present information and answer questions.