Grand Island school district to conduct random drug tests

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Board members of school district in Grand Island have approved a policy to randomly drug test students who participate in extracurricular activities.

The Grand Island Independent ( ) reports that the Northwest school board approved the policy Monday. It is set to go into effect at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

The change in policy says that "specific disciplinary action to be taken with regard to violations of this policy and the use of detection tools such as breathalyzers and random drug testing."

Superintendent Matt Fisher said at the board's meeting that a third party would be needed to randomly select names of students to be tested and to carry out the examinations. He also said that the district still needs to decide what method of testing it will use and how many times per year it will hold tests.

Fisher told the board that once details have been solidified, changes will be made to the student handbook.

The board typically reviews and then approves the annual student handbook at its June meeting, or no later than its July meeting.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent,

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