Random Substance Screening Policy Approved by Hopewell Valley Regional School District

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    By unanimous vote last month, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District’s Board of Education approved a random substance screen policy for students in grades 9 -12 with a targeted start date of September, 2018.

    “This is not an easy recommendation to make. Why are we here? Because we have a problem,” said HVRSD Superintendent Dr. Tom Smith, who explained that half the current high school students at Hopewell Valley Central High School not only saw drug and alcohol use among fellow students but viewed the usage as rising to a problem.

    “We’ve done a lot to support our students and this is the next logical step,” Smith continued.

    Board of Education vice president Lisa Wolff added that the policy is meant to serve as a deterrent and she sited the complete success of instituting a breathalyzer policy at school dances, “The primary reason… is [we’re] looking for a deterrent effect… When kids know they are going to be tested and are presented with peer pressure, it makes it easier on them. It gives them a good excuse to say no.”

    For MercerMe’s coverage on the issue, please see:

    Random Substance Screening at High School Proposed by Superintendent of Hopewell Valley Regional School District

    Proposed Random Substance Screening at HV Central High School to be Discussed at Second Public Meeting

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    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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