At today's discussion workshop of the Escambia County School Board, the data from the first year of our comprehensive drug policy (2010-2011) were presented.
The results of the first year of implementation point to a tremendous success.
Next year's results may be even more significant, as we will be expanding our policy to include random student drug testing for students that participate in extracurricular activities.
Highlights from 2010-2011:
352---Drug dog searches, resulting in 24 alerts (findings)
42% reduction in suspensions for drug offenses at the middle and high school level
(92 suspensions in 2009-2010, only 53 suspensions in 2010-2011--note-this expulsion data for 2010-2011 was presented to the School Board verbally by ECSD Director of High Schools Carolyn Spooner, no back-up was given in writing)
Our campuses are becoming more drug free as a result of this comprehensive drug policy, and this data is solid proof of this fact.
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