5490.1: Use of Alcohol and other Drug Screening and Testing Technology

I. Procedures

The following procedures govern the use of alcohol and other drug screening and testing technology by school administrators.

A. The District may require all students to submit to alcohol screening before they may enter or exit a school sponsored event or activity, or prior to leaving on a field trip or other off-campus event or activity sponsored by the school. Such screening devices may be used to sample students' breath and any liquid-carrying containers. If such screening has positive results, then there shall be a second screening. If such second screening again has positive results, then there is a reasonable suspicion that the student has violated the District's alcohol policy and the student may be subjected to a field test.

B. Students suspected of violating the District's alcohol and other drugs policy may be subjected to a field test. Refusal to consent or submit to a field test may be grounds for discipline.

C. If a field test is positive for alcohol and/or other drugs, the positive results will be used as evidence in any disciplinary procedures against the student.

D. Results of field tests, refusal to consent or submit to a field test, and other information will be used by the administration in determining disciplinary action.

E. Student field test results for alcohol or other drugs will be made available to the student's parents or guardian. Screening results for students entering or existing school sponsored events or activities, or for students leaving on a field trip or other off-campus event or activity, will not be shared with parents unless such results are positive.

F. If a student screens or tests positive for alcohol or other drug use, they will be released from school or any school sponsored event or activity, only to the student's parents or guardian or an adult designated by the student's parents or guardian.

G. Staff, students, and parents will be notified annually of these procedures.

H. Field screening and testing devices will only be administered by school administrators appropriately trained as provided by the manufacturer of the field screening and testing devices.

I. Field screening and testing devices will be tested for accuracy and calibrated as necessary as provided by the manufacturer.


II. Annual Report to Board

A report summarizing all field screening and testing will be annually presented to the Board.

III. Definitions

A. Screening, field screening, and screening technology shall mean a passive alcohol detecting device which is a non-invasive high speed instrument which can be used for overt or covert alcohol detection, which is administered for students entering or existing school sponsored events or activities, or for students leaving on a field trip or other off-campus event or activity.

B. Testing, field testing, and testing technology shall mean an active alcohol or other drug detecting device which is administered when there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated the District's alcohol or other drug policies.

Date of Adoption
March 6, 1995
Date of Revision
August 19, 1996
October 16, 2000
September 2, 2008
May 16, 2011
November 19, 2018