A Northern California District Drops Drug Testing Policy

Friday, September 9, 2011

REDDING -- A Northern California school district will not administer drug tests to students in extracurricular activities as part of a legal settlement.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday announced the settlement to a lawsuit against the Shasta Union High School District.

The Shasta County district already tested student athletes for drugs when it expanded the screening in 2008 to include nonsport activities such as the school band. School officials said the testing would deter drug use, but a group of students sued the district over the policy.

A state appeals court last year upheld a temporary ban on the drug tests, saying they could violate the state Constitution.

Superintendent Jim Cloney tells the San Francisco Chronicle the district agreed to the settlement to avoid the costs of further litigation.

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