Community Input Sought on Random Drug-Testing Policy
Forum slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Middle School North.
Residents are invited to provide input on a possible random drug-testing program at Lake Zurich High School during a community forum Oct. 5.
The forum is slated at 7 p.m. in the Middle School North Cafetorium. A follow-up survey will go out to Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 parents after the forum.
The debate about implementing a drug-testing policy at Lake Zurich High School has been taking place for about three years. Legally, only students involved in sports and extracurricular activities, along with those who have parking privileges, are eligible to be randomly drug tested.
The policy, drafted by high school and district administration, has been discussed and revised a number of times. Most recent changes to the policy included:
- The selection process for each random test will be run by the Student Assistance Program coordinator and athletic director. The policy previously stated it would just be witnessed.
- Students are encouraged to notify the Student Assistance Program coordinator that he or she is taking a prescription medication as it may cause a positive result. The policy previously stated it would be the student’s choice to notify the administrator.
- Drug-testing records are considered temporary and will be kept with the Student Assistance Program coordinator. This was added to the confidentiality portion of the policy and procedures.
Information about the drug-testing procedures, code of conduct, and parking application and consequences can be found on the district website.