Fairbury Approves Drug Testing For Extracurricular Activities

FAIRBURY – All Fairbury High School students who participate in extracurricular activities will be subject to random drug testing during the coming school year.

The Board of Education approved the policy during its regular meeting Monday night. The policy applies to all students in grades 7-12 who participate in any sport or activity.

Superintendent Stephen Grizzle said students will be required to submit a consent form before being allowed to participate in activities. Once that form is submitted the student is eligible to be tested for 365 days.

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Ten percent of students participating in activities will be tested, which Athletic Director Derek Anderson estimates will amount to about 15 students per month. Once a student has been tested, he or she will still be eligible to be randomly selected again within the 365 day window.

The school also has the ability to have students tested if there is reasonable suspicion of drug use.

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If a student tests positive a first offense would require him or her to miss 10 days of participating in both practices and competitions. A second positive would increase the penalty to 45 days. A third positive would make a student ineligible for a full year and a fourth would make the student ineligible for the rest of his or her high school career. Positive tests will not be reported to law enforcement unless a student is under the influence while at school.

Testing will be conducted by Sport Safe, an Ohio based company that will contract with local entities to collect samples at a cost of $29 per test. Anderson says Fairbury will be the 7th school in Nebraska to use the company.

Testing will be conducted once per month during the Nebraska School Activities Association activity year, beginning with the start of fall practices on Aug. 7 and ending with the boys state golf tournament on May 23.

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