In an effort to ensure proper decision making, administrators at Philadelphia’s Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School have launched a new drug-testing program. Parents and students were notified of the new policy back in December and given 90-days to prepare.
Philly.com reports that the private Jesuit school has hired Massachusetts-based Psychemedics, “the most-widely used hair-testing company in the country.”
Tests will be administered to ten students chosen by lottery twice a month, 180-a-year in all. Those who fail the test will face disciplinary action unless they agree to attend drug and alcohol classes, submit to drug-tests for the duration of their time at St. Joes, meet with counselors on a regular bases, and join the school’s Student Assistance program.
According to the article, “failing to adhere to those regulations will lead to dismissal. Failing another drug test could also lead to dismissal.”