PARK HILLS, KY (FOX19) - Covington Catholic High School announced Wednesday they will institute mandatory drug testing for all students, effective with the 2016-2017 school year.
They are the only Northern Kentucky high school to institute mandatory drug testing for all students.
"We do not have evidence of widespread substance abuse among our student body. However, the alarming rise of drug use and addiction in the Northern Kentucky community at-large is well documented," Rowe said, in a letter to parents.
The new policy means that 100 percent of the student population will be tested at least once annually, and will be subject to additional random testing. In addition, parents and students will be required to agree to the policy in order to enroll at the high school
Administrators say counseling and substance abuse treatment will be required following a positive test result. Students will be directed to counseling through their parents on a first failed test. They will not be punished for a first offense.
According to the school's updated policy, if a second positive test happens a student will be ineligible for extracurricular activities. A third offense will likely lead to expulsion.
Students will be rewarded who test drug-free, Rowe said.
"We pray that this program will help the students of Covington Catholic High School make positive and healthful choices as they move toward successful and impactful futures within the Northern Kentucky community and beyond," Rowe said.
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For more on the updated policy, visit CovCath.org/drugfreepolicy.