Nyack considers Breathalyzer tests for students

Students in the Nyack school district may be subject to Breathalyzer tests if they appear to be drunk on school grounds.

Students in the Nyack school district may be subject to Breathalyzer tests if they appear to be drunk on school grounds. (2/1/16)

NYACK - Students in the Nyack school district may be subject to Breathalyzer tests if they appear to be drunk on school grounds.

The plan would make Nyack the first district in the Hudson Valley to administer the tests on its students.

Under a school board proposal, those students who appear drunk at school and school-sponsored events, such as dances, would have to take an alcohol breath test.

Some students say that they are opposed to the possible tests.

Superintendent Jim Montesano says the school board's plan is not to scare students, but to add a safety measure to the current code of conduct policy.

Only trained school officials would be able to administer the tests to students. If a student is found to be drunk, he or she would be sent home and subject to other disciplinary measures.

The school board will consider voting on the plan at Tuesday's meeting.

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