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About 16% of students at La Crescenta high school agree to drug tests

April 15, 2010 |  8:04 am

In a new effort to prevent drug use at a high school, officials have asked students to volunteer for drug tests.

So far, a small group of students at Crescenta Valley High School have agreed to participate, according to officials. Of the 2,946 notices sent out, 1,444 were returned. Of those, 473 students, or about 16%, chose to sign up for the testing program.

The program was announced in December as part of a community-wide push to keep drugs out of the La Crescenta school and to facilitate conversations between families and their children.

“From our perspective, that represents 1,444 conversations held by families about student drug use,” district Student Support Services Director Hank Paz said in an e-mail to the News-Press.

Drug and alcohol use has been a consistent community issue around Crescenta Valley High School. A flier went home to every family early this semester, which testing advocates said would spur conversations between families and their children, and between students and their friends.

Of the 473 students who signed up for the program, 160 were freshmen, 130 were sophomores, 113 were juniors, and 70 were seniors, according to the district.

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-- Max Zimbert, News-Press