Fairbury Schools to Consider Drug Testing For Activities

FAIRBURY – The Fairbury school board will consider implementing mandatory random drug testing for students involved in extracurricular activities.

Superintendent Stephen Grizzle told the Board of Education Monday that the topic has come up multiple times over the past year and he felt it was time to put it before the full board.

:20     “…becoming the norm.”

Athletic Director Derek Anderson said the policy would affect all activities for students in grades seven through 12. Grizzle says roughly ten percent of students participating in activities would be randomly selected for testing once per month.

:44     “…dependent upon drugs.”

A third offense would result in a student being ineligible for activities for one year and a fourth would result in being ineligible for the rest of their high school career.

Anderson estimated that about ten students would be selected each month.

:11     “…football and track.”

Grizzle said one argument against testing is that it unfairly singles out students involved in activities and holds them to a high standard than the rest of the student body. He says the courts have ruled that while testing those in activities is legal, testing all students is not.

:31     “…freedom is different.”

Anderson told the board he has been in contact with Beatrice administrators about the policies they have been discussing and what reaction has been from parents.

:41     “…of the ordinary.”

A special public hearing has been scheduled for July 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the ’47 Building Conference Room to further discuss the issue and get input from the public. No action will be taken at that time.

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