In order to safeguard the individual and general welfare of all students,
the Palmer Public Schools may administer a breathalyzer test as a condition
of admission to school or school-related activity to any student or his/her
guests. It may also administer such a test at any time during the school day
Students exhibiting signs of having consumed alcohol, including, but not
limited to glassy eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness on the feet or emission
of an alcoholic odor may be requested to take a breathalyzer test administered
by a school administrator. If test results are negative, no action shall
be taken. If a student tests positive for alcohol, he or she will receive
one additional opportunity to take the test. Students who test positive
for alcohol (a .02 reading on the breathalyzer test) or students who refuse
to take a Breathalyzer test upon reasonable suspicion to suspect they have
consumed alcohol, will be subject to all school rules relating to the use and/or
possession of alcohol.
Protocol for Use of Breathalyzer
The Breathalyzer can be used during the school day and at all school-sponsored
activities including but not limited to: dances, proms or other extracurricular
The Breathalyzer is administered to any student who is suspected of being
under the influence of alcohol using the approved checklist.
The Breathalyzer will be administered by a school administrator
administrator who administers the Breathalyzer must have been
previously trained by a Palmer Police Officer.
There will always be two people present when the observation checklist is
completed and the Breathalyzer is administered (either another school administrator
or a teacher).
The Breathalyzer will be administered in a private area, away from other
The student will have two opportunities to take the Breathalyzer. The
initial test may be administered at any time. A second test will
be conducted fifteen minutes after the first test has been administered. The
results of the Breathalyzer test(s) will be documented and attached to the
If a student does not pass the Breathalyzer, his/her parents
will be notified and must come to pick them up. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached
the student will be placed in protective custody by the police department in
the town where the event is located until a parent/guardian can pick up the
student. The Palmer Police will be notified if the student is still
in possession of alcohol.
Students who test positive for alcohol or refuse to take
the Breathalyzer test upon determination that there is reasonable cause to
suspect that they have consumed alcohol will be subject to all school rules
relating to the use and/or possession of alcohol. Student handbook: “Any student suspected
of using, possessing or distributing drugs or alcohol will be referred to the
principal or designee. If the student is determined to be in violation,
the student will be suspended from school and/or co-curricular activities for
a period of up to twenty (20) days. The Superintendent, parents and
police will be notified.”
LEGAL REF.: MGL
272: 40A Adopted by the School Committee on 9/12/06.
PROTOCOL FOR BREATHALYZER TESTING
Students exhibiting signs of having consumed alcohol, including but not limited
to glassy eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness on the feet or emission of an alcoholic
odor may be requested to take a breathalyzer test. If the results are negative,
no action will be taken, although subsequent administrations of the breathalyzer
test may be given at any time. If a student tests positive for alcohol,
a second test will be conducted fifteen minutes after the first test has been
administered. Students who test positive for alcohol (.02 reading on the breathalyzer
test) or students who refuse to take a breathalyzer test upon reasonable suspicion
to suspect they have consumed alcohol, will be subject to all school rules relating
to the use and/or possession of alcohol.
Are you feeling ill?
yes, please describe
Are you taking any medication?
If yes, would care to tell us what it is?
Have you consumed alcohol today?
did you get here?
test results attached:
Staff member’s name: Witness:
School Sponsored Event
Each student entering a school-sponsored activity may be required to submit
to a breathalyzer test as a condition of admission. This is a passive,
non-invasive test where no mouthpiece is needed. Students will be asked
to speak or breathe into the microphone-like device.
The administration will determine at which school-sponsored events the
breathalyzer test procedures will be used. These events will include,
but are not limited to, proms, dances, concerts, overnight activities, optional
field trips, athletic events, etc.
The administration will determine the manner by which the students will
be tested: entire group, pre-determined random selection, or based on
individualized reasonable suspicion. The trained administrator or trained
staff member present at such events has the authority to test and retest any
individual suspected of being under the influence of alcohol even if the student
has a negative test upon entering the event.
Students attending these school sponsored events may be required to
take a breathalyzer test administered by a trained member of the staff or
administration prior to entering the event.
Any student who tests positive will be given a second test after a
waiting period of fifteen (15) minutes;
If this test is also positive, the student will be denied entrance
to the event, detained by school officials until parents/guardians
arrive and an investigation is conducted. The student will be sent
home and, subject to disciplinary procedures, will be suspended.
Students who refuse the test will be denied entrance to the event and
detained until parents/guardians arrive to remove them. In such cases,
subject to disciplinary procedures, the student will be suspended.
school officials are testing students randomly or testing the entire group,
a student who tests positive or refuses to be tested may be prohibited from
participating in future extra-curricular activities
A student already in attendance at a school-sponsored event who is suspected
of being under the influence will be tested or retested.
If this test is positive, the student will be detained until parents/guardians
arrive and, subject to disciplinary procedures, will be suspended.
If a student, already in attendance, who is suspected of using alcohol
as described herein refuses the test, that student will be detained and sent
home with a parent/guardian and, subject to disciplinary procedures, will
The Breathalyzer Protocol shall apply to all students and guests, regardless