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Glenbard Township High School District 87
Policy 7:190-R6


Administrative Procedure – Administration of Breathalyzer Tests

Where there is reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of alcohol on school premises and/or during school activities, administrators may require the student to submit to breathalyzer testing. Refusal to be tested may be considered evidence that the student is under the influence of alcohol or another prohibited substance. Being under the influence of alcohol and/or other prohibited substances in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles or at school events or activities will subject a student to discipline and exclusion from school premises and/or activities.

Breathalyzer tests shall be administered in accordance with the following guidelines:

1. Before a student is referred for a breathalyzer test, school officials must have reasonable suspicion that the test will reveal use. For purposes of this policy, “reasonable suspicion” means individual suspicion that the student is under the influence of a prohibited substance. Information sufficient to create a reasonable suspicion may include, but is not limited to, any or all of the following: (a) reports from other students or staff of verbal or other conduct by the student suggestive of alcohol/substance abuse; (b) direct observation of student behavior suggestive of alcohol/substance abuse; and/or (c) direct observation of the student’s appearance or physical condition that suggests such use.

2. Breathalyzer tests may only be administered by law enforcement personnel, with a breathalyzer testing machine owned, maintained and calibrated by the law enforcement agency.

3. Appropriate steps shall be taken to protect student privacy during breathalyzer testing.

4. Upon referral for breathalyzer testing, the administrator shall complete form 7.190-E1, documenting the information that caused him or her to be suspicious of alcohol/substance abuse. This form shall be presented to the student prior to the testing, and the student shall sign to acknowledge that he/she read the form, and either agrees or does not agree to testing.

5. The student’s parents shall be contacted immediately upon his/her referral for breathalyzer testing.

Building principals shall provide annual written notice of the District’s policy regarding breathalyzer testing to students and their parents/guardians.

ADOPTED:   April 3, 2006

REVIEWED: May 15, 2006