The Ohio County School District is considering a mandatory drug testing policy for some high school students.
The county has not yet written a proposal, but officials are seeking input. Under the policy, kids in extracurricular activities and those who drive would be tested.
The testing would happen at the beginning of each season, and the reactions have varied from very positive to very negative.
Wheeling Hospital would be the testing agent, and it would cost about $20,000 per year. It would be for alcohol, marijuana, and opioids.
And the consequences would be more about education, rather than discipline.
Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones said he’ll meet with a committee this week to try to find a middle-of-the-road solution, and then possibly hold a public town hall on it in the future.