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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 at during a community forum Oct. 5.

The forum is slated at 7 p.m. in the Cafetorium. A follow-up survey will go out to parents after the forum.

The debate about implementing a drug-testing policy at 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.

Eva October 06, 2011 at 06:25 PM
instead of profiling the kids that are trying to be active and participate in school functions, let's concentrate on the real problem of kids that come and sit in the classromm high and do drugs in the very bathroom of the high school. Maybe we don't waste money on random drug testing the wrong group and put it towards educating teachers on how to handle the kids sitting in their class high. Go after the real problem - kids that have severe drug issues are NOT looking to participate in after school activities! If you are so concerned about drug issues than look at the real issues. Bottom line it is the parents responsibility - I send my child to school to get an education - not to be policed or babysat or teach them good morals - that is my job as a parent. So where does it end - will the school check everyone on who is having sex and pass out birth control? It's for their own good right? to protect them right? Wrong - parents take responsibiity! What good is drug testing going to do if the school takes away priveldges and the parents don't do anything about it at home. You have now wasted time and money. Put it to something that will make a big difference.
Anon October 06, 2011 at 08:47 PM
The bottom line on this: it's not the schools' responsibility. If parents want to drug test their own kids there are inexpensive tests available. This is overreaching by the school district. The ONLY way this would be a reasonable policy would be if parents could opt-out of the testing.
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way October 06, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Seems like the district will continue to send out surveys and hold "forums" until they get the response they are looking for in order to justify continuing down this slope. They need to recognize that the majority of parents and tax payers are NOT in favor (for myriad reasons) of this PROPOSED, random drug testing and should now take their ball and go home.
voiceofreason October 11, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I am proud of the parents with the courage to attend the forum. I don't know how the school board could possibly continue pushing for this program after the clear message sent that night! Let's keep it up until this ridiculous proposal disappears.
k October 11, 2011 at 04:30 PM
I totally agree. Great turnout, great speakers and great questions. Unfortunately the answers and responses were weak. Regardless, the topic of substance abuse is being talked about and that is a very good thing! Now if the Board would drop the issue of testing (their initial survey was skewed as many respondents did not know all students are eligible for testing) and build on this momentum. Draw on the activity and interest in the community and mold it into action. Incorporate the Ela Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse and good things will happen.

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