CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Board of Education adopted some minor changes to district policy 5535 on Monday at its regular meeting, which will allow for a passive breath alcohol sensor test to be administered Friday at the Senior Prom.
The Chatham High Senior Prom will take place Friday, June 10 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.
"We adopted the policy so that we may use the passive breath alcohol sensor device as soon as possible," Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said. "We have not used it yet. We anticipate using it for the Senior Prom."
The School District of the Chathams had amended its policy last December to allow for random alcohol breathalyzer tests at school-sponsored events. An incident of an inebriated student at a Chatham High football playoff game had prompted the policy revision for safety reasons.
But, after meeting with members of the ACLU, the BOE adjusted its policy before any random breathalyzers could be administered at school events.
"The policy is virtually unchanged from the last one," LaSusa said. "We just made some minor adjustments. You don't have to stick anything in your mouth and blow into it, it just senses whether or not there is alcohol. It's not called a breathalyzer."
Passive Breath Alcohol Sensor devices can be held near a student to determine if there is alcohol in the air.