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Selinsgrove “Drug Consent Form” Sent Home to Parents Gives Three Options

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August 23, 2017

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

The Selinsgrove School District is asking that parents sign a “Consent to Random Drug Testing” form in effort to fight the ongoing drug problem.

The form, sent home to parents on the first day of school, gives parents three options. If a student wants to be part of any extra-curricular activity, the student’s parents must consent to drug testing.

  1. “My son/daughter is/will be participating in athletics, clubs, activities, or requesting a parking permit during the school year. I understand s/he is required to participate in the district’s random testing program in order to join and extracurricular activities. I give my permission for participation.
  2. “My son/daughter will not be participating in any athletics, clubs, activities, or requesting a parking permit during the school year. I understand I can register him/her as a voluntary particpant. I wish to have his/her name added to the participant list and I give my permission for participation.
  3. “My son/daughter will not be participating in any activities, athletics, or clubs, ect. and and I do not want him/her to participate as a voluntary participant. ( a student changing his/her decision to participate after the established deadline will be required to take a mandatory drug test before participating in any activities, ect)

Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Chors told the Orange Street News that he supports random drug testing. Chors described how random students would be taken to the nurses office and the test would take five minutes.  He believes the tests would make the school safer. Here are his full email responses to three questions posed by the OSN

Selinsgrove has been trying to deal with a serious drug issue.

A day after an Orange Street News investigation revealed a shocking rise in heavy drugs like heroin inside of Selinsgrove High School, Superintendent Chad Cohrs acknowledged just how big of a drug problem is confronting the school in a letter to parents asking for the public’s help.

“The Selinsgrove Area has been experiencing a marked increase in drug activity which is impacting our students,” read the letter. “While drug and alcohol usage is not something new, the frequency and types of drugs we are seeing is cause for increased concern. The use of prescription medications such as Xanax, Vicodin, and Oxycodone are on the rise. Use of other street drugs, such as heroin, are also increasing.”

 

 

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3 comments on “Selinsgrove “Drug Consent Form” Sent Home to Parents Gives Three Options

  1. Desertphile
    August 23, 2017

    Monsters. They left out the most sane, rational, legal option entirely. I hope all school staff are also tested for drugs regularly including the the board of education, principal, etc.

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  2. jay cashatt
    August 24, 2017

    I AGREE WITH DESERTPHILE,Monsters. They left out the most sane, rational, legal option entirely. I hope all school staff are also tested for drugs regularly including the the board of education, principal, etc.

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  3. Ed
    September 2, 2017

    The most strenuous objections will, of course, come from those who would not pass such a test.

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