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OCTOBER 6, 1997

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Northshore student athlete drug testing

  NW News Staff
   The Northshore School District recognizes that not everyone interested in random drug testing of athletes, will be able to attend a forum. In an effort to include their opinions in our data collection, we have established an open poll line. The poll line will be in operation from Monday night, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. through Oct. 13. Those interested in participating should dial 1-800-214-5830. When asked for the poll number, press 4580.
  
   Thank you for calling the Northshore school district's Voice Poll feedback line. Please follow the directions and use your telephone keypad to record your confidential responses. Questions repeat if not answered. You may respond at any time during the question or response choices. This survey takes about 5 minutes. Let's begin!
  
   1. Please choose the category that best describes you:
   * if you are a student in the Northshore school district, press 1 (to Q.2)
   * if you are a parent of a Northshore student, press 2 (to Q.3)
   * if currently do not have a student in Northshore school district, press
  
   2. Please choose the category that best describes you: (all to Q.4)
   * if you are or will be participating in high school sports this school year, press 1
   * if you are not involved in athletics, press 2
  
   3. Please choose the category that best describes you:
   * if you currently have a child participating in high school sports, press 1
   * if you will have a child participating in high school sports this year, press 2
   * if you have children in only elementary or junior high, press 3
  
   Please respond to the following questions using a scale of 1 through
   6, with 1 meaning strongly disagree up through 6 meaning strongly agree. If you have no opinion, press 7.
  
   4. I believe drug abuse is a problem in Northshore high school. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   5. I believe alcohol use is a problem in Northshore high schools. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press
   7 for no opinion.)
  
   6. I believe students use drugs or alcohol during school hours. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press
   7 for no opinion.)
  
   7. I believe students use drugs or alcohol on weekends. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press
   7 for no opinion.)
  
   8. I believe it is difficult for students to get alcohol. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press
   7 for no opinion.)
  
   9. I believe it is difficult for students to get drugs. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press
   7 for no opinion.)
  
   10. I believe students who participate in sports use drugs or alcohol while they are members of a team. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   11. I believe the use of drugs and alcohol would be reduced if students on athletic teams were randomly tested for alcohol and other drugs. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   12. I believe students should complete a drug and alcohol screening prior to turning out for a sport. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   13. I believe that drug screening tests should be required of all students participating in extra-curricular activities, like athletics, band, DECA, cheer leading, etc. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   14. Families of athletes should be responsible for covering the initial maximum $30 cost of a drug screening test. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   15. I believe if students were tested for drug and alcohol use during their sports season, it would be easier for them to say "no" if asked to use. (Press 1 for strongly disagree up through 6 for strongly agree, press 7 for no opinion.)
  
   16. About how much drug or alcohol use is there among the high school students you know? if none, press 1; if once or twice per year, press 2; if monthly, press 3; if weekly, press 4; if daily, press 5; if unsure, press 6.
  
   Thank you for participating in Northshore school district's voice poll. This is an important issue for our community. Your responses will help us make an informed decision. A preliminary report of the findings will be presented to the school board on Nov. 12.
  
   Thanks again for participating.