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Belvidere School District adopts random drug testing for middle school students

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Phillip Molnar
The Express-Times
Friday, July 29, 2011

Belvidere School District students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades have more to worry about than finishing their summer reading before the start of school.

The Belvidere School Board on Wednesday adopted a random drug and alcohol testing policy for middle school students starting in the 2011-12 school year.

“Hopefully it works as a deterrent and to help kids,” Superintendent Dirk Swaneveld said Wednesday, “as opposed to it being punitive.”

Middle school students will enter the program on a voluntary basis with parental consent. A positive test will require at least six visits with a guidance counselor or nurse, and attendance in an early intervention program.

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