Drug use falls by half among FHS students

Five tested positive for marijuana last year

Fewer Fredericksburg High School students tested positive for drug use this year than in the previous year, according to a district drug report.

Fredericksburg Independent School District Supt. Eric Wright relayed these findings to the school board during their July 11 regular meeting.

Sometimes, such as in drug tests, fewer positives are a good thing.

Wright reported that of the 356 Fredericksburg High School students tested for drugs this past year, they had only 15 total positive results.

Of those, 10 were on prescription medications, mostly for ADHD.

The other five positive test results were for marijuana. This was three students (one student tested positive three times).

“After a positive test, we follow up next month and had only the one repeat offender twice,” Wright said. “The other two did not test positive.”

In the prior school year, six FHS students tested positive for marijuana.

“Participating in extracurricular activities gives students a way out to save face and say no to drugs,” Wright said. “They can say they’re in band, choir or in the ag program.”

Wright said approximately 78 percent of FHS students participate in extracurricular activities, while 22 percent do not.

“I’m not going to say all of the 22 percent are into drug use, but I’ll bet the numbers are a lot higher,” Wright said, citing conversations he’s had with police and noting the national problems with student drug use.

SHAC report

Special Programs Director Ronda Tomplat briefed the trustees on the School Health Advisory Council program, assisted by co-chair Judy Mayo.

The program has 34 members.

According to their report, 740 FHS students are in athletic programs, while 333 Fredericksburg Middle School students are in athletics.

Besides health and physical education, the program provides nutritional services, encourages parental involvement and instruction on preventing usage of drugs and tobacco.

Agencies also involved include the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg, the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center and the Gillespie County AgriLife Extension Service.

The extension agency has introduced “Balance Food and Play” curriculum into FISD.

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