Random drug testing at Juan Diego high school
Posted in the Draper Forum
#1 Oct 10, 2006
Not all parents support the mid-year policy changes that JDHS is implementing. This decision was made without parental input. This decision was announced to the parents via letter mailed to our homes. In that letter we were told that there would be a meeting about the new policies, a "Q&A", etc. At that meeting we learned that, while the students would all be subjected to this, the school personnel would not. The staff are in actuality, the employees of the Catholic diocese and that decision would have to come from the presiding bishop. Currently, there is no bishop. He was promoted.
I think that the staff should all be subjected to this AND that they should be first-"leading by example". I also think that the results (without names of course) should be published.
While I am all for the random searches that will be made by the canine police I am very upset about the random testing policy. The problems that will follow this policy are innumerous. False positives. Embarassing situations(females on their period). Kids either unable to urinate or just stalling for hours-so they aren't in class. Kids who stop using marijuana because of the length of time it stays in the body and drink alcohol (which won't be in the test screen) or switch to harder drugs like cocaine, heroine, meth, etc. because they stay in the body a much shorter ammount of time.
There is also the "trust" issue. I mean the kids- trusting the teachers and staff. If I suspect my child is using drugs, we talk about it and I will take the child to the doctor to be tested.Based on the results and the conversatons with my child, I will then decide what I need to do to help my child. But the school is doing this randomly, therefore the students are presumed guilty until passing the test. Maybe the school isn't looking at the kids that way but that is how the kids are going to feel.
AND, while the school may be of assistance to me, as a concerned parent, the decisions of how to deal with the problems my child is having are MY decisions.
Bottom line, this is my responsibility, not theirs. While the intentions are very good this is not the way to do this. There are some very strong studies that show that random testing doesn't deter drug use among teens. And lets not even talk about the expense.
#2 Oct 10, 2006
i agree!!!!!!!!!! people need to "broaden their horizons".. and see things from different perspectives..
THINK OUT SIDE THE BOX PEOPLE!!! these decisions were OBVIOUSLY not thought out very well...
#3 Jan 13, 2009
Its Juan Diego Catholic High School
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