Breathalyzer 411: Policy at Belmont High School in Place
Regulations comes a week after High School announced implementation.
Belmont High School Principal Dan Richards has released a list of "quick facts" of the school's Breathalyzer Policy and Procedure for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The remainder of 2013 will be the Pilot Year to determine how effective the policy and protocol will be:
The policy includes:
- All testing is administered in private and by a school administrator.
- School administrators will be trained on how to administer the test.
- Breathalyzers would only be used at school events.
- Breathalyzers would not be used during the school day.
- Depending on the school event, students are either randomly or all selected such as every fifth student.
- If a student is exhibiting signs of intoxication according to the protocol check list, student would be tested. Signs of intoxication: Slurred speech, unsteady gait, impaired motor skills, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes, smell of intoxicating liquor on breath, clothing or person, vomiting and evidence of possession of alcohol.
- If a breathalyzer test is positive, the student has two more opportunities to take the test.
- If an administrator determines that a student is intoxicated or has used alcohol based on one or more of the above indicators, parent/guardian is notified and requested to take the student home.
- The current 2012-2013 BHS handbook applies to students found intoxicated. There will be no changes in the BHS discipline policies and procedures.