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Belvidere School District adopts random drug testing for middle school students

Phillip Molnar
The Express-Times [1]
Friday, July 29, 2011

Belvidere School District [2] 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 [3] 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.

Full story here. [1]