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Doll says no plans for widespread drug testing

January 7, 2013

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Lawrence school Superintendent Rick Doll says he sees little chance that local school officials will enact a policy for universal drug testing of students like the one announced last week by Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.

"In my (three and a half) years this has not been discussed, nor is it on our radar screen for the future," Doll said in an email Monday when asked about the policy.

Last week, officials at Rockhurst, a private Catholic school, announced that beginning next fall, they will require all students be tested for drug and alcohol use at least once a year. Principal Greg Harkness told the Kansas City Star that the school wants to help students take a stand against illegal substances and that the new policy is not a response to extraordinary drug or alcohol abuse problems.

The Lawrence school district maintains a "Drug Free Schools" policy that prohibits, "the unlawful manufacturing, sale, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or controlled substances by students on school premises or at any school activity."

According to the district's Board Policy Manual, students who violate that policy are subject to suspension and are required to undergo drug and alcohol assessment by a licensed mental health practitioner as a condition for being admitted back into school. The district does not pay for that assessment or assume any liability associated with it.

The policy manual also says students and their lockers may be searched whenever there is "reasonable suspicion" that district policies, rules or directives are being violated.

Students may be required to take a breath test whenever administrators observe indicators of alcohol use such as slurred speech, unsteady walking or the smell of alcohol on a student's breath or clothing.

And since 2005, the district has required all students to take an alcohol breath test upon entering school premises for a school-sponsored dance, including proms.

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Alceste 1 year, 3 months ago

Kathy Getto writes:

The only thing Alceste is onto is borderline libel. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Oh really?

Alceste thnks not. If the "educators" and "admin staff" have nothing to hide, why aren't they standing in line to pass that urine test?

Lots of reefer being consumed among Lawrence school staffers......from the bottom up......("teachers" on up to admin staff.....);

If same want to PROVE they're not closet dopers.....let them so state and have 100% of them tested........

Ah....but rest safe and sound....it'll never happen in Lawrence......only the underpaid and overworked fast food worker or other minimum wage worker gets subjected to pre-employment and random drug screening once employed....all is "safe" with the world......

Again, DOLL might want to first be concerned with his own staff before he targets students.....

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9070811 1 year, 3 months ago

Will students be required to disclose what medications they're prescribed? That's a pretty heavy invasion of privacy against a minor. Could arise issues of stigmatization from admin and staff towards students. Also could cause a forced release of private sensitive medical conditions.

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ljreader 1 year, 3 months ago

Probably teacher unions prohibit drug testing.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 3 months ago

In the private workplace, employees can be tested, Under what circumstances would the school district test their employees. Alceste might be on to something.

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Melinda Toumi 1 year, 3 months ago

Wth? Do you know what pot costs & what teachers make? Incongruent argument.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 3 months ago

If I am the Rockhurst kids I would protest.

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introversion 1 year, 3 months ago

Bravo, Mr. Doll.

I don't condone drug use, but schools like Rockhurst can do this because they're private. I can tell lots of stories about private schools that were allowed to do things because they weren't public. These types of things don't have place in any high school, especially public ones.

On the other hand, Rockhurst parents may feel better about getting something tangible for the tuition they pay...

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

I seriously doubt there will ever be widespread drug testing in schools. The administrators and teachers would be the first to fail.

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Alceste 1 year, 3 months ago

Doll might better spend his thinking time on the testing, RANDOM, of teachers and staff.....as in administrative staff. Alceste shall bet dollars to doughnuts that a very significant percentage of "educators" and "administrators" use illicit substances off the job. Heck.....on the job during "breaks" for that matter.

Administrators and educators need to walk the talk and DEMONSTRATE they themselves are clean of dope (including reefer.....use of same is ILLEGAL in Kansas) so they can forge ahead with the "dope is bad" programs in our schools.....despite the fact a good many of the students ARE using Rx (prescribed) dope from joints like Bert Nash: Prozac, Zoloft, Abilifiy, blah, blah, blah.....all the "happy pills" of the SSRI variety that are handed out like so much water through a sieve.......not to mention the speed so many kids get these days.....Ritalin....yeah....it's speed....no getting around it......

Teachers need to all be tested on a random basis and NOT just when they're "suspected" of illicit substance use. Again.....Alceste is betting dollars to dougnuts that a good % of Lawrence "educators" and "administrators" LIGHT UP THAT REEFER....and rather frequently at that.............

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