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First High School Drug Test Finds Nothing
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This morning, we conducted our first canine drug inspection at the high school.  Two Michigan State troopers, with their canines, worked in conjunction with the EGR Department of Public Safety to conduct the inspection.  They checked three random classrooms after students were moved to other classrooms.  However, all of the students' backpacks and belongings were left in the classrooms during the inspection.  In addition, all the lockers and the senior parking lot were checked.  We are so pleased to report that we had no "hits" during the inspection either inside or outside of the school building. 


As mentioned in the attached letter, we are immensely proud of our students in so many aspects, and we greatly appreciate the time you have taken to discuss with your son or daughter the seriousness of involvement with drugs and the accompanying legal and health consequences.  Thank you for your continued support of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools.




Sara Magana Shubel, Ph.D.


East Grand Rapids Public Schools



March 17, 2011

Dear EGR Families,

Today we conducted a planned inspection of our high school and grounds for controlled substances. The inspection was conducted with the assistance of trained canines and their professional handlers under the supervision of school administrators.

As a district, we elected to take this action in an effort to support district and state policies prohibiting the possession or use of illegal drugs on school property. For decades, we have educated students about the dangers and health risks associated with illicit drug use. Today’s actions were designed to demonstrate to students our resolve in maintaining schools that are free of illegal substances.

Drug use, distribution, and/or sale are not only illegal, they are detrimental to the health, academic achievement, and the overall success of our students. Part of our obligation as a school is to do all that we can to deter illegal, unhealthy, and detrimental behaviors. Our responsibility is to create and maintain a safe, caring, and effective learning environment. Today’s actions and similar searches planned for the future are designed to help us meet that responsibility.

As I stated in the letter that you received at the start of the school year, dated September 23, 2010, today’s inspection was not motivated by any specific event or incident; rather it was guided by our commitment to do what is best for all of our students. We are immensely proud of our students, their efforts, and their accomplishments. As educators, we are willing to take steps to ensure their safety and well-being while entrusted to our school system.

Thank you for taking the time to discuss with your son or daughter the seriousness of drug abuse and addiction and its accompanying legal and health consequences. If you have questions about today’s inspection, please do not hesitate to contact me at 616-235-3535 or sshubel@egrps.org, or Jenny Fee, East Grand Rapids High School Principal, at 616-235-7555 or jfee@egrps.org.

Crime, Families, Schools