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Drug Testing Could Come To Umatilla Schools

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School administrators we spoke with Friday say that Umatilla is actually one of the last school districts to consider adopting procedures for drug testing. School administrators we spoke with Friday say that Umatilla is actually one of the last school districts to consider adopting procedures for drug testing.

UMATILLA, OR - Random drug testing is something we hear about with professional athletes, but now it is trickling down to the high school level.

School administrators we spoke with Friday say that Umatilla is actually one of the last school districts to consider adopting procedures for drug testing. The testing would not be for every student, just for anyone participating in extracurricular activities. It would only affect older kids mostly in high school. At this point, the idea is being worked on by a study group and only discussed at school district meetings.

"The idea of this is never to catch a bunch of students misbehaving," explained Heidi Sipe, Umatilla School District Superintendent. "The idea is to be sure that our students are safe, give them some reasons to say no and help them understand the dangers of drug and alcohol use in teens and then also to support those who may be walking down the road toward a problem."

Under the plan being considered, if a student tested positive in a random test they would have two options; they could be suspended or they could choose to stay in their activity and undergo counseling. The district hopes this would help the student get past their issues and move forward.

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