In what’s being called a “proactive approach” to eliminating student drug use, Menominee High School will implement a suspicionless drug testing program for the 2018-2019 school year. Under the plan, any student involved in competitive co-curricular activities or who possess a district parking pass would have to consent to the testing prior to receiving those privileges.
However, Dr. Sandy MacArthur says this method of deterrence hasn’t been studied enough, largely because it’s difficult to quantify its successfulness. She feels the district’s efforts to address the issue of drug use should be directed elsewhere.
If a student’s test came back non-negative for the presence of a controlled or illegal substance for which they do not have a prescription, it would be up to that student’s parent or guardian to pay for another test administered by a medical provider to challenge that result. Students with non-negative results would not face punitive action, but would be subject to the penalties listed in their activity’s code of conduct. The Board of Education approved the drug testing program four-to-one.