Cuyahoga Falls -- No illegal drugs were found by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department K-9 unit during routine sweeps at both Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge high schools Jan. 22, according to the building's respective principals.

Both buildings were put under a "Place and Secure" status while the department conducted a routine search of the buildings and parking lots for illegal drugs, said Cuyahoga Falls High School principal Anne Alfano and Woodridge High School principal Joel Morgan.

Both principals used the Alert Now phone message system to notify district parents about the search.

Although no illegal drugs were found at either site, Alfano said in her phone message that "one student is receiving consequences for alcohol in the vehicle."

Alfano added that, "approximately three cars and six lockers were searched," and said the sweep was "part of our ongoing efforts to promote and ensure a healthy and safe drug-free environment for our students."

Morgan told the Falls News-Press the K-9 unit does a sweep of the building and other school buildings for drugs "at least once a year." This was the first visit the department made to Falls and Woodridge high schools this school year, according to Alfano and Morgan.

"Whenever the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department gets their dogs and they want them to work a little bit and train a little bit, they'll take them to different schools," said Morgan to the Falls News-Press. "We kind of work together. We want to make sure nothing's in our building or in our parking lot. So it works out pretty well for both sides."

Under "Place and Secure," students still switch classes, but they are not allowed to have a hall pass, according to Morgan.

In the Alert Now message, Morgan said the 'Place and Secure' status "allows our teachers to continue with their instruction while preventing students from leaving the classroom so as not to disrupt the police K-9 and police officers."


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