Alcohol wands to face final vote Wednesday
By Brielle Schaeffer, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 9, 2012
School trustees are poised to finally adopt a policy that allows alcohol test-ing wands to screen students at extra-curricular events.
The vote Wednesday will be third reading of the policy, which was initially approved in January. Comments from the American Civil Liberties Union saying the policy was unconstitutional derailed the policy for the better part of the year while Teton County School District No. 1 rewrote it. The policy got second approval in September, but due to other amendments, the board opened a public comment period preceding the final vote.
As of Monday, the board had received four public comments on the policy, three against and one in support.
“If the district adopts the use of alcohol wands, I will explicitly tell my son that he is to refuse such screenings,” parent Mariam Azin wrote in a letter to the board, “and I will also notify the school in writing that, under no circum-stances, do I give consent for my son to be screened.”
Parent Anne Stalker was the lone supporter.
“The school has an obligation to be responsible and accountable regarding drunk kids under their roof or at their functions,” Stalker wrote. “They should teach responsibility by taking away privileges when kids choose to break the law.”
The written public comment period ends today, but those interested in commenting can testify Wednesday at the board meeting.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Davey Jackson Elementary School commons.
Before the meeting, the board will hold a workshop on its strategic plan from 3:45 to 5 p.m. The board will have an executive session from 5 to 6 p.m. to discuss personnel matters and a land purchase.