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Drug Testing Policy Approved by School Committee

The committee approved the policy as a way to promote student wellness.

 

If a student at is suspected of being drunk or high on drugs at school, officials may have that student submit to an alcohol breath and/or saliva testing or face disciplinary action. That is a new policy approved by the Westborough School Committee as part of the Westborough Schools Chemical Health Policy.

“We believe that the most effective deterrent to alcohol/drug use is openness and communication among students, parents and the school community, which corresponds with the attitudes and beliefs promoted in our school wellness programs and curriculum,” the policy states. “This collaborative effort is intended to enhance all aspects of school life in order to develop healthy, productive and high-achieving students.”

If the result of testing indicates that a student has consumed drugs or alcohol, school officials will release the student to the custody of a guardian and a meeting will be scheduled with school officials to discuss the findings.

If the testing is negative, the student’s guardian will be contacted by phone and informed of the testing.

If the student refuses to participate in the testing, the student’s guardian will be contacted and informed that the student may be subject to school disciplinary consequences based on an administrator’s determination that the student was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

 

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Greenburrows April 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I agree with John, and there was no mention of a guarantee that there would not be legal actions against the teens. We all want our kids to be drug free but I also think parents would like the flexibility to deal with substance use as they see fit without having to deal with a very flawed juvenile justice system.
Thinking Clearly April 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Yes it does. Not just for school kids.
Csharris April 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Having served for nine years on the school committee I would NOT have voted for this. I think it goes a little too far and many "what ifs" haven't been answered.
jbean April 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Yes, but a student can get suspended if the test comes back positive. What if there was a false positive? That's not something someone wants on their record and it's not fair for the student.
dc December 11, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Congrats to the school committee. Many parents have their options limited by unresponsible ex's. Children will move away from a parent that wants to have their child tested if the other parent has a no testing policy. This also protects innocent kids in the schools from drug using students. I wish this was policy was at my children's school.

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