Allen County Drug Testing Policy

An area school district begins its random drug testing policy for faculty and many of the students, after almost a year of planning.

The Allen County School District began testing faculty and staff back in December of 2006.

In January testing began for students who participate in extra-curricular activities or those who drive to school.

"We're trying to stop students from ever starting to use drugs and if a student ever does have a problem with drugs or alcohol situation they can come to us and ask for help before they get tested," said David Young, the Drug Coordinator.

Julie Shelton and her daughter Shelby were both randomly selected for drug testing under the Allen County School District's new guidelines.

"I think the odds of that are about one in 400,000 that we would both be randomly selected in one day," Julie said.

While it was unusual that a mother and daughter were picked on the same day, Julie said she wasn't concerned. However, Shelby was a little apprehensive at first.

"I was kind of worried about it. I didn't know if I'd be selected or not but I knew if I were it wouldn't be the end of the world," Shelby said.

Under the district's new policy, all faculty and staff are subject to random drug tests.

Students from seventh to 12th grade who participate in extra curricular activities including clubs, music and sports, or those who drive to school can be randomly tested.

"I think it's something that's on the minds of parents, wondering what their kids are involved with," Julie said.

While Shelby said she's not concerned about being selected again, she thinks the testing is an extra incentive to keep students on the straight and narrow.

"When I'm out at parties or something my friends and I realize we could be tested, so in the back of our minds that's an incentive to say 'no' to things that are thrown our way," Shelby said.

Parents who have students that don't fall into the requirements can volunteer their child to be placed in the random pool by signing them up at the school.

Young said under the policy, if a student tests positive once they're not able to participate in extracurricular activities for four weeks. The second time they can't participate for 12 weeks, the third one year and the fourth for the rest of their high school eligibility. He adds if a faculty member tests positive The Board of Education, the superintendent and the Standards Board looks at the matter.

To view Allen County's drug testing policy, click here.

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