COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Brookstone School will soon implement a voluntary drug testing program that will transition into a mandatory drug testing program in August of the 2019-2020 school year.
The drug test will include students from 8th – 12th grade. The school says the goals of this policy are focused on the student's health and well-being.
The enhancement calls for students to receive additional education on drug use while providing a reason to say no in a safe and supportive environment.
Brookstone says there is a national drug crisis impacting all communities and all schools and they are committed to responding to this crisis.
"The daily news has made us all acutely aware of the significance and size of this growing crisis. We must be a part of the solution as we work to save children from this critical health issue," said Board of Trustee Chairman Jason Branch.
By identifying students at risk, the school can work with parents and healthcare professionals to get students the help they need and re-direct their path.
"It is after much study, deliberation, and discussion that we adopt this policy," remarked Marty Lester, Head of School. "It comes as a response to a national issue and our commitment to do everything we can as a school to proactively make a difference in the lives of our children and families."
The drug testing will begin in August 2018.