The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Drug testing for student activities hearing nears

First reading for policy set for next school board meeting Nov. 24


The proposed drug testing policy for student activities will get its first reading during the Nov. 24 school board meeting.

"I asked that our agenda be light at the next meeting," board president Joe Prax during Monday night's regular meeting. "I urge that if people are interested in it" they come and speak.

Valdez Star photo

Lee Revis, left, takes the drug test that Superintendent Jim Nygaard, right, proposes to administer to Valdez students in school activities.

The policy proposed by Superintendent Jim Nygaard calls for school staff to administer a saliva based drug test to all students in Valdez City Schools in grades 6-12 that participate in sports and other school sanctioned activities. As it stands, five percent of those students will be randomly tested weekly beginning this January if the policy passes two reading by the board of education.

The policy will require staff to notify, or attempt to notify, parents and guardians when a student's number is randomly selected.

"That practice would hold firm," Nygaard told the board. "That's part of the policy."

The draft proposal is available on the district website, under the board of education tab.

A video of an actual example of the testing process can be found here:


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