The biggest battle is to get schools to understand students need to follow through with treatment, Coffing said.
“It (the policy) will cover pretty much everyone,” Mellon said. “At least 80 percent of the student population, if not more.”
The test will include a urine analysis, which will be monitored to a certain extent, he said. There is a policy in place for a test being tampered. Students will be able to ask for a retest and parents will also be able to request that their children be tested for drugs.
Mellon hopes it’s more of an education process, not a learning experience. “I hope students don’t have to learn the hard way,” he said.
“Saying ‘don’t do drugs’ doesn’t work,” Coffing said. “What the school is doing is very proactive. I’m glad to hear it and hope the idea snowballs down to other schools.”
If anyone has questions after reading through the school’s policy, they can call the school, Mellon said.
Students will begin school Aug. 14, a few weeks before the drug testing begins in September.