Umatilla school board considering random drug testing

Associated PressJuly 21, 2013 

— The Umatilla school board is considering requiring random drug tests for students who want to participate in extracurricular activities.

The East Oregonian reported that there aren’t any apparent problems with drugs in Umatilla schools. At the 370-student high school last year, there was only one drug incident involving marijuana on campus last year.

But superintendent Heidi Sipe said the interest in a random drug testing policy is borne out of concern over drug use off-campus.

She said the idea is to help the overall health of students.

The program could cost $10,000.

Although school board members were receptive to a random drug testing policy, they decided they needed a period of information and opinion-gathering beforehand. Surveys will be performed and a group will be formed to explore options.

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