Student drug testing was approved by the Wellington school board at a meeting June 29.
The program will randomly test any student who plays a sport or is involved in extracurricular activities, but will not automatically test entire sports teams as was proposed in previous readings of the policy.
Board member Daniel Rosecrans said June 14 that automatic team testing would have subjected some students to being tested twice. He added that double testing would be unfair to those students and unnecessarily inflate the cost of the program.
“The automatic team testing will not be in the policy for this first year,” said school district superintendent Dennis Mock. “The policy will be reevaluated yearly to see what can be changed or tweaked. Next year, any adjustments will be board-approved.”
At both June school board meetings, board member Kevin Stump emphasized the need to give students reasonable means of support when they test positive.
According to Mock, no new language was added to the policy in this regard but giving students the help they need has always been the plan.
“We want to continue to be proactive for our student athletes,” said Mock. “Mr. Stump wants to make sure that if a student tests positive that we have a plan to help the student. Those entities have been put in place by (Wellington High School principal) Tina Drake and the athletic council. Part of our discussions with this plan have always involved the support entities.”
The program will begin in August with the 2016-17 school year. Wellington joins districts such as Avon, Amherst, Lorain, and Keystone that have recently adopted their own drug testing policies.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise The Wellington school board ironed out concerns over team testing and support entities for positive tests before approving student drug testing on June 29.