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 Random Student Drug Testing


 On Juy 11, 2011, the Raytown Board of Education unanimously approved Random Student Drug Testing for students in grades 9-12 who apply for a parking permit for the high school lots and for students who participate in any Missouri State High School Activities Association sanctioned activity beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.  Policies and procidures for the testing will be available soon on this site and under the Board policy section of this website.

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A Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) studied Random Student Drug Testing as a part of its ongoing look into District programs and operations.  Now in its second year of existence, the CAC helped with:

  • the creation of a District Mission Statement
  • recommended drug testing
  • during the 2011-2012 school year will study adding a service component to graduation requirements

Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley leads and meets regularly with the group, which then presents findings to larger parent and patron groups through Community Forums. Recommendations from the CAC are taken to the School Board for consideration.

Two community forums, one at each high school, were held to gather public input and discuss Random Student Drug Testing.

Sources and Information
As the CAC studied Random Student Drug Testing, they reviewed several Supreme Court Cases.  Links to those court cases and to opinions and dissenting opinions are found here:

The Effectiveness of Random Student Drug Testing- Institute of Education Sciences
Board of Education of Independent Schol District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County, et al vs. Earls, Lindsay et al- Supreme Court case
Supreme Court Opinion Earls
Dissenting Supreme Court Opinion Earls

Veronia School District 47J vs. Acton- Supreme Court case

SATURN (Student Athlete Testing Using Random Notification) Study- from the Journal of Adolescent Health


Dr. Markley has created a Powerpoint presentation that is being shared at Community Forums and is available HERE.  Printed copies of this were made available at the May 16th Forum as well.

Frequently Asked Questions concerning Random Student Drug Testing 

Which students will be in the pool for testing?
Under discussion would be students 9-12 involved in extra-curricular activities and students who have a parking permit for the school lots.

Who will do the testing?
An outside company would be hired to do the testing.  The only contact school officials would have with students being tested would be to get them from class to do the testing. 

What will the testing cost?
Testing costs are dependent on the number of students tested and the number of times per year the tests are administered.  One estimate is between $17,000 and $25,000.

What is the legality of testing?
Several Supreme court cases reference student drug testing. If the district would begin random testing, we would have legal support for it.

What other schools or districts test students?
Currently, Oak Grove School District and O'Hara High School do random tests.