MOORESVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Starting this upcoming school year, certain students in middle and high schools within the Mooresville Graded School District could randomly be drug tested.
The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to move forward with implementing the program this fall. The new and approved policy will require kids and parents to consent to students in grades 7-12 to undergo random drug testing if they choose to participate in athletics, extracurricular activities and/or purchase a parking pass to park on campus.
The policy has undergone several revisions and includes the feedback given to the school system from parents and students. If a student fails the drug test, school related penalties could follow as well as personalized drug abuse training.
School district leaders said law enforcement officials won’t be given information on a student’s test results. The school system decided to move forward with this new policy in the hopes of furthering their drug education program. They hope if they find students testing positive for drug use, that officials can get them any resources they need.
The school district is paying for the drug testing program, and they have set aside $10,000 in their annual budget to pay for it.
The school system joins one of several across the state implementing some sort of drug testing policy in schools.