New Jersey High School Drug Testing Program Gets Positive Feedback

This school year Waldwick High School located in New Jersey began a mandatory drug testing program for all students in Grades 9-12 who are participating in extracurricular activities. So far, this new drug testing procedure has not deterred any student from signing up for sports and clubs, said the school’s principal, Kevin Carroll.

There have been 458 students in which 312 consented to being tested. Although Carroll stated he expects that as the school year progresses into the winter sports programs the number of students will increase, as well as other students signing up for other club activities. Before a student is allowed to participate, they and their parents have to sign a consent form to the random drug testing process.

This drug testing policy was introduced to the students’ parents in June through a presentation. Carroll stated that the parents of the tested students are very appreciative of the drug testing program as he made phone calls forewarning them that their child may be chosen.

The schools policy states that students will be assigned confidential identification numbers, and they will perform six random drug tests every month.

A first offense results in a 10-day suspension from activities and the student will attend three counseling sessions. A second offense results with a 60-day suspension from activities, three counseling sessions and attend a drug prevention education program. If the student has a third offense they will be suspended for a year from activities, must complete counseling sessions, and must also attend a drug prevention education program.

Students will have the opportunity to appeal the decision and can then perform another drug test at their own expense.

Through Quest Diagnostics the school officials said the drug tests cost about $24 per student which would equal to around $3,000 a year.

Currently they have randomly tested 12 students who all produced negative drugs tests.

 

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