- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Board members of Northwest High School in Grand Island will consider a proposal Monday to institute random drug testing for students who participate in extracurricular activities.

The matter was placed on the meeting’s agenda because some staff members have expressed concerns, Superintendent Matt Fisher told the Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/1NWTYZf ).

“Staff members have had students that have expressed concern to them about it, and that’s where their concerns are coming from,” Fisher said, “that other students are saying that maybe we’ve got some people that are doing some things they shouldn’t be doing.”

Fisher said a number of other schools already perform random drug testing of activities participants.

School districts can’t perform blanket random testing of all students, because doing so has been deemed a violation of constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, he said.

“Activity participation is voluntary, and you can establish (random drug tests) as a requirement for being involved in those activities,” Fisher said.

If the board is interested in pursuing the random drug testing, administrators will begin exploring various testing policies and present something for the board to consider at its December meeting.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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