Umatilla School District

 
The Umatilla School Board has formed a workgroup to consider a drug testing policy for extra-curricular (sports, clubs) activity participants. Many schools in our region currently have policies in place, however, Umatilla has offered drug-test kits directly to parents in lieu of a policy. This policy is being considered as a potential preventative measure for students.

Key areas under consideration:
* This policy would apply to participants involved in extra-curricular activities only.
* Beginning season followed by random testing is being considered.
* Random testing would be conducted by the testing company using district supplied rosters for all participating students.
* Parental permission is required for testing but would be required for participation in extra-curricular activities.
* If a student test was positive, parents would be informed and drug treatment/counseling options would be presented. Parents are financially responsible for treatment options selected by the parent. If a parent chose not to enroll his/her child in a treatment option, the child would be suspended from participation for a period of time (duration to be determined). A retest would be performed upon completion of treatment. If the student tested clean, he/she would continue to participate in extra-curricular activities without sanction. The student would continue to participate fully in extra-curricular activities during the treatment period.
* If a student had future positive tests, suspension of extra-curricular activities would occur.
* No academic sanctions would be tied to any positive testing.
* Positive results would be disclosed only to the parents and relevant school administrators.

With this information in mind, we'd appreciate your feedback on the following questions.

1. This response is from a:
2. What potential benefits do you see from the proposed policy?
3. What potential challenges do you see from this proposed policy?
4. Are you areas from the key points you'd like addressed differently than presented? If so, please specify.
5. Which do you support?
6. Do you have any other comments you'd like to share?