In an effort to discourage drug/vaping use, one Ohio high school will begin requiring drug testing for all students starting in January.
Hamilton’s Stephen T. Baden High School, a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, announced the new policy as part of its Health and Wellness Initiative on Tuesday.
“The purpose of this initiative is to provide our students with help first and to involve the parent(s)/guardian(s) every step of the way,” said principal Brian Pendergast in a letter to parents. “All students are capable of making mistakes and it is our job to ensure that students learn from them and grow through the process with the support and guidance of their family and the leadership of the school.”
Under the new policy, each student will be randomly tested a minimum of one time per school year. Students may also be tested randomly and there is no maximum number of times one might be tested.
While there are different consequences for multiple offenses, a positive drug test will result in confidential counseling while a second positive test would bring forth a comprehensive intervention plan. A third positive test could result in being expelled from school and refusing to take a test will be considered a positive test.
“Badin High School will never stop seeking ways to keep our students safe and help them develop into the person that God intends them to be. Our mission has been at the heart of the entire process of developing this initiative as we continue to inspire young men and women to achieve their personal best, live their faith, and lead the future,”
To read the entire letter from Baden school officials and the complete drug testing policy, click here