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Student and employee safety is of paramount concern to the Board of Education. Employees under the influence of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances are a serious risk to themselves, to students and to other employees.

The Board of Education shall not tolerate the dispensation, manufacture, use, possession, sale, distribution or being under the influence of controlled substances, illegal or imitation drugs, alcoholic beverages or unauthorized prescription medications by district employees:


          On any district property or on any district-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or district activities;


          Off district property at any district-sponsored or district-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district; or


          During any period of time such employee is supervising students on behalf of the school district or is otherwise engaged in school district business.

Any employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, employment suspension, termination, referral for prosecution and action against the employee’s license or certification. Employees may be required to satisfactorily participate in rehabilitation programs. Each employee of this school district is hereby notified that, as a condition of employment, the employee must abide by the terms of this policy and will notify the superintendent or designee if he or she is charged, convicted, plead guilty to or is otherwise found guilty of any misdemeanor or felony, regardless of the imposition of sentence. Such notification must be made by the employee to the superintendent or designee in writing no later than five (5) calendar days after conviction. The superintendent or designee will provide notice in writing of such violation to the United States Department of Education or other appropriate federal agency within ten (10) calendar days after the superintendent or designee receives such notification if the district receives any federal grants directly from such agency, as opposed to federal grants received through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The district will take appropriate disciplinary action within 30 days.

The district will institute a drug-free awareness program to inform employees of the dangerous and harmful nature of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace, of this policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace, of available counseling and rehabilitation, and of the penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug abuse violations occurring in the workplace.

The Board of Education recognizes that employees who have a drug abuse problem should be encouraged to seek professional assistance. Although the district will not assume financial responsibility, an employee who requests assistance shall be referred to a treatment facility or agency in the community if such facility or agency is available.

When it is evident that a staff member has consumed alcoholic beverages or controlled substances off district property before and/or during a district activity, the building principal will prohibit the staff member from being on district property, or from participating in district activities. Staff members who violate this policy will be subject to the same penalties as for possession or consumption on district property.

This policy shall be communicated in writing to all present and future employees. Compliance with this policy is mandatory.

The district may ask an employee to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test any time there is reasonable suspicion that the employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol including, but not limited to, the following circumstances: evidence of drugs or alcohol on or about the employee’s person or in the employee’s vicinity; unusual conduct on the employee’s part that suggests impairment or influence of drugs or alcohol; negative performance patterns; or excessive and unexplained absenteeism or tardiness.

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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:         06/22/2011


Cross Refs:     EBBA, Illness and Injury Response and Prevention

JFCH, Student Alcohol/Drug Abuse


Legal Refs:     § 287.120, RSMo.

Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 812(c)

21 C.F.R. 1300.11-1308.15

Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, 41 U.S.C. §§ 701 - 707

Kansas City 33 School District, Kansas City, Missouri


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