Ohio Schools to Implement Drug Testing Policy

Schools in the Vermilion school district in Ohio is set to implement a drug testing policy, with the support of the community and its students. Seventy four percent on community members and parents, as well as 59 percent of students, agreed to the proposal of the school board to have students undergo drug testing, as shared by school board member Sid Jordan. The survey indicated further that 241 respondents, and 62 percent of students, agreed to the use of the school district’s funds to cover drug-testing costs. 262 respondents, on the other hand, said that a parent or guardian should pay for the test; 65 percent of students also voted that parents should pay as well. On Wednesday, the school board met to draft and define the proposed policy. Among the points discussed were the drug testing method that should be used; how athletes should be tested; and how long a student ought to be tested if the student was absent from school on the test day. Jordan shared further that legal issues might prevent the school district from testing all of its students. Consultation with legal counsel indicated that the school should not subject all students to random testing. Jordan said: “It was his opinion that it was almost certain that it would be challenged, almost certain that there would be an injunction to stop us.” If an injunction does happen, the school may be forced to sit on the issue for five to six years.

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