A random drug-testing policy could soon be in place for some Knoch High School students.
Under the proposed policy, high school students who either participate in an extracurricular activity or drive to school would be open to testing.
“The purpose of the policy aligns with the purpose and goals of our educational system,” Superintendent Dr. David Zupsic said Friday in an interview. “We want to prepare our students to live a life full of happiness and meaning, and to accomplish that, we need to consider our students’ overall physical and emotional well-being.”
Zupsic said the policy is restricted to those two “groups” of students because districts can’t simply test all students because of students’ rights.
“I believe it would be unconstitutional to randomly drug test all students in the school system,” he said.
The proposed policy is meant to focus on prevention rather than reaction.
“All the schools really have a Drug and Alcohol policy, but those policies have been reactive and punitive,” he said. “We feel that a student drug testing policy that can help deter students from using drugs is more preventative and supportive.”
Zupsic intends to bring the policy before the South Butler County School Board in March.
Written By: Kayla Molczan for the Butler Radio Network