ODAAC supports the development and implementation of a BOE policy designed to outline a scenario for the use of drug-sniffing dogs at the schools. Having a clear policy in place strengthens the concept of a "drug-free" school, and further enhances the importance of drug prevention, education and deterrence. Amity has historically shown itself to be a visionary school system with regard to the important message of healthy decision-making. Amity has already successfully:
Employed a Breathalyzer policy, resulting in 100% incident free dances
Instituted a full-time SRO who serves as a valuable resource for awareness, teaching and, prevention
Created an Advisory period designed to develop critical relationships and keep kids from "falling through the cracks"
The Board has an opportunity to add another layer of protection to reduce risky behaviors of teenagers, by utilizing the vital resources of a drug-sniffing dog
Drug dogs provide a powerful incentive to keep our schools drug-free. It is a pro-active policy to reinforce our Zero Tolerance principle, and one that ODAAC supports.