Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Voluntary Drug Testing Program Starts With Informational Meetings

Parents of Carroll ISD students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend one of two informational meetings to hear details of the district’s new voluntary drug testing program. School officials say the first random drug tests will not happen until after spring break.

The Carroll ISD Board of Trustees approved the voluntary random drug testing policy which is modeled after a program currently in place in Keller ISD.

Attendance at the informational meetings isn’t mandatory for participation in the drug testing program, but it is recommended so that school officials can effectively inform students and parents about policies and program details. District leadership will conduct the meetings and both meetings will cover the same material so parents need only attend one meeting.

The first information meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Sr. High School Student Activity Center, 1501 W. Southlake Blvd. A second opportunity to hear information will be Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Middle School Cafeteria, 1800 E. Kirkwood Blvd.

The program is for students grades 7-12 only with permission by the child’s parent. Initially, the parents or guardian of a participating student will be asked to sign a consent form to enter their child into the random testing pool. Up to 10 percent of the students participating will be selected for testing each time.

School officials have selected an established testing laboratory to conduct the tests up to six times per school year. Parents can sign up at any time during the school year; consent will eventually be a part of the annual student verification program through Skyward Family Access.

More information on CISD’s voluntary drug testing program can be found at  www.southlakecarroll.edu/drugtesting.

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