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Box Elder school board to reconsider drug test policy

Box Elder school board to reconsider drug test policy



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BOX ELDER COUNTY -- The Box Elder School Board will reconsider part of its drug testing policy for students involved in extracurricular activities Wednesday night.

In July, the board enacted a policy, calling for random drug tests of students. But the board also added a requirement that a health department worker observe the student give the sample. Box Elder School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Lang says the observation requirement came from advice by the health department that observed tests were the most valid.

But parents, some of whom face random drug testing at their places of work, say even they're not required to be observed.

"We have had some who've called and been quite upset about it," Laing says. "But they would be a small number compared to all the parents who have students involved."

Still, Laing thinks there's enough concern to justify the board reconsidering this issue.

Laing personally believes there are better ways to get valid results that are less intrusive. But he says there are feelings on both sides of the issue among the seven-member board. He has no prediction how they'll vote Wednesday night.

Laing says the testing policy came out of a request from some high school administrators responding to rumors that members of a team were involved in drug use.

He says, "We have not had a positive test so far."

But he says after the policy went into effect, three students who were involved in extracurricular activities came forward, admitting to having had some problems in the past.

The meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Garland Elementary School in Garland.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

Marc Giauque

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