School district OKs random alcohol testing for students

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CHATHAM, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey school district has approved a policy that allows students to be randomly tested for alcohol at school events.

Chatham school officials say the district previously had a policy allowing every student who attended an event to be screened.

Now the school can test students at random, or a sampling of them such as one of every five that attends an event, like a game or a school dance.

The district never tested all the students for alcohol because it didn't have the devices to do so. The new policy is effective immediately but is unlikely to be used until the district can buy alcohol screening devices.

The Chatham Board of Education approved the policy Monday night. Officials say multiple students at school events have needed emergency treatment in recent years.

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