Northern Valley Regional H.S. considers testing students for drugs

Parents of students at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest will soon decide if their kids should be tested for drugs at school. (1/10/14)

DEMAREST - Parents of students at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest will soon decide if their kids should be tested for drugs at school.

The school is considering a new drug testing program that school district officials say is based on information collected over a year and a half.

Police, prosecutors, parents, and alums have given testimonials about drug addiction and how it has affected their own families, according to the district.

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They say the random tests would include students who take part in extra-curricular activities, have parking privileges, or who opt in.

Superintendent Dr. Christopher Nagy says the results of the tests will not go on students' records. "This is something that is addressed with the family, with student assistance counselors," he says. "There are resources that are provided to the student as well as to the family so they can address this as a family issue."

Dr. Nagy says it's a non-punitive, therapeutic approach to dealing with drug addiction.

The Board of Education will vote on the proposal on Jan. 27, and if approved, a final reading will be done in February.

The policy could go into effect in September.
 

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