Cabot School District officials are asking parents and community members to comment on a proposed random drug testing policy under consideration for Cabot High School.

The testing is being proposed to discourage illegal drug use and the misuse of prescription medications. Under the proposed policy, students who participate in extracurricular activities or have a parking permit would be subject to random drug testing.

If adopted, then the random drug testing policy would begin in the 2012-2013 school year. Disciplinary measures for violations would range from 20 days suspension to permanent suspension from extracurricular activities or from driving on campus. Other drug policies affecting academics are covered in the student handbook.

An advisory panel of parents and school staff was formed to ensure all aspects were considered when developing the proposed policy.

The policy will be posted for review at the CSD Web site, www.cabotschools.org, along with a survey for anyone who wants to comment.

The survey is available now through Monday.

Information from the school district notes that student drug testing programs deter and prevent drug use; reinforce other prevention efforts; identify students who need help becoming and staying drug-free and prepare students for workplace drug testing.