Does Your Child’s School Drug Test Educators?

Posted by Kristina Taylor
October 30, 2009

Does Your Child’s School Drug Test Educators?

This just in from an Indiana media outlet… 

A substitute teacher in the Bartholomew Consolidated Schools has admitted to being on drugs while working in the school system.  Fortunately, she was caught.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t by the schools for whom she was working. 

See, the schools there don’t drug test their teachers.  As was noted in the article:

“Bartholomew Consolidated Schools randomly drug-screens students and transportation workers, but not teachers.”

Yikes!  And here’s another gem:

“School administrators said they conduct background investigations on all teachers, but they don’t have a policy that requires employees to report arrests and convictions after their hiring.”

If you’re a parent, this story illustrates just how imperative it is to get involved in your child’s school and know how they approach (or don’t approach) background screening and drug testing.  Ask questions and don’t allow the schools to look the other way (purposely or not) when it comes to the conduct of teachers.  Though nothing untoward happened to any of this teacher’s students, who would have wanted her to teach their kids?

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