(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Starting with the coming 2013-2014 school year, some students at Lawrenceburg High School and Greendale Middle School will be subject to random drug tests.
The Lawrenceburg Community Schools Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to approve a drug testing policy and program. Superintendent Karl Galey said the new program will be implemented this school year, which begins August 1.
No changes were made to the policy which had been proposed in April.
Under the program, students in grades 6 through 12 who participate in voluntary extracurricular activities – such as sports, clubs, driving themselves to school, or even school dances – will be subject to random drug tests. Parents also have the option of putting their child in the testing pool, even if they do not participate in an extracurricular.
Any student who fails the drug test would be prevented from participating in any school activities until they pass a follow-up test. However, the student would continue to attend classes. Test-failing students and their parents or guardians would be required to meet with a school administrator, who would provide the names of drug abuse counseling and assistance agencies.
Nearly 800 parents and community members participated in a school survey earlier this year, with 70 percent supporting a random drug testing program, Galey said previously.