Dear YHS Students and Parents,
On Friday, November 30th, the sophomore class will sponsor the annual semiformal dance to be held at Yarmouth High School in the cafeteria. The purpose of this email is to let you know that, in accordance with a recently approved Yarmouth School Committee policy, we will be conducting breathalyzer tests for all students attending the dance on November 30th. The purpose of conducting these tests is to ensure that all students who attend the dance have not consumed any alcohol prior to arriving at the dance. We believe that students who have consumed alcohol or are in possession of alcohol pose a direct safety risk to themselves, staff, other students, and the community-at-large. The following points outline the process that will be used.
1. The breathalyzer equipment will be provided by the Yarmouth Police Department and the tests will be administered by Principal Ted Hall and Assistant Principal Josh Ottow, who have been trained in the use of the equipment. Students will be asked to breathe into a cone-shaped device that determines the presence or absence of alcohol. This process will not require a separate mouthpiece for each student. The tests will be done discretely in a location where the student will not be visible to other students.
2. Any student who refuses to take a breathalyzer test in order to be admitted to the dance will not be allowed to enter the dance and his/her parents will be notified of the student’s refusal to take the breathalyzer. If it is determined that there is reasonable suspicion that the student is either under the influence of or in possession of alcohol, and the student has been advised of the consequences of such a refusal, (s)he shall be disciplined in accordance with the Chemical Use Policy, and the parents/guardians notified. Reasonable suspicion may be satisfied by conduct including, but not limited to, physical impairment, unusual behavior, blood shot or glassy eyes, odor of alcoholic beverages or on the basis of any other behavior or information that provides a reasonable suspicion that the student has consumed alcohol or is in possession of alcohol.
3. If a student’s test result is positive, and that student indicates that (s)he has not consumed alcohol, the student will be allowed to retake the test after a 10-15 minute waiting period. If the test is positive the second time, the student shall be disciplined in accordance with the Chemical Use Policy and the parents/guardians will be notified.
4. If the observation of a student who was admitted to the dance after having passed the breathalyzer screening gives rise to reasonable suspicion that the student has either consumed alcohol or is in the possession of alcohol, the school administrators will investigate the matter and may use the breathalyzer test to determine whether the student has or has not consumed alcohol. If so, the student will be disciplined accordingly.
5. The local police on duty at the dance will be notified of any violation of the chemical use policy.
For a full reading of the Breathalyzer Use School Committee Policy, go to this link.
For a full reading of the Chemical Use School Committee Policy, go to this link.
If you have any questions, please be in touch.
Ted Hall, Principal
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