Pleasanton school officials unanimously approved using drug-sniffing dogs inside the city's high schools, but only if the superintendent or someone she chooses signs off on the individual search.
trustees also delayed starting the program until they can develop board policy, so patrols won't start until February or later.
The canine program will be implemented by the and will cost the district nothing.
Searches would be random, inside gym locker rooms and in parking lots, and only when students aren't present.
Read about the board's earlier discusson on the issue, including student opinion, by clicking .
Livermore, Dublin and Castro Valley already use drug-sniffing dogs.
Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said she hopes that bringing dogs into the schools lessen the number of drug-related suspensions by acting as a deterrent.
Students who thought of bringing a substance to school might think twice, board members said.
Board members also want to see more drug education in the form of forums for parents and discussions with students about drugs and alcohol.
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