A random drug testing program that allows parents to "opt in" to have their students in the middle school and at Ridge High School tested at random for drug use and substance abuse has been approved by the Bernards Township Board of Education. However, Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said the program will take some time for school administrators to put into place, and it isn't set to begin this September.
"It will take some time to set up," Markarian said after the policy for students in grades 6 to 12 received unanimous school board approval in July. First reading of the policy had taken place about a month earlier, and the policy now has received final approval.
But with many details still to be worked out, it "may be some months before can actually implement the policy," Markarian said in an email after the board's approval.
"It's a start," said board member Michael Byrne, who in the past has said that the program should not be voluntary, but should be a mandatory program. Other school districts require students to become part of the random drug testing pool if they sign up for sports or other after-school activities, or if they obtain parking permits.
By: Linda Sadlouskos
WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
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