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Student and employee safety is of paramount concern to the Board of Education. In recognition of the threat to safety posed by employee use or possession of drugs or alcohol, the Board of Education commits itself to a continuing good-faith effort to maintain a drug-free workplace.

The Board of Education shall not tolerate the manufacture, use, possession, sale, distribution or being under the influence of controlled substances, alcoholic beverages or unauthorized prescription medications by district employees on any district property; 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 supervision 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.

When it is evident that an employee has consumed alcoholic beverages or controlled substances off school property before or during a district activity, the staff member will not be allowed on school property or to participate in the activity and will be subject to the same disciplinary measures as for possession or consumption on district property.

The district may elect to test an employee for alcohol and controlled substances if the district has reasonable suspicion that the employee has consumed alcohol or drugs in violation of this policy. In addition, staff members who operate district transportation must submit to alcohol and drug testing as otherwise required by law. All testing will be conducted in accordance with Board policy, administrative procedures and law.

Any employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension, termination and/or referral for prosecution. Termination may and typically will be imposed for a first-time offense under this policy. If an employee who violates or is suspected of violating this policy is not terminated, the employee may be required to satisfactorily participate in one (1) or more rehabilitation programs and to submit to substance testing, all in accordance with terms established by the district.

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 notify the superintendent or designee of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in or on the premises of this school district, or while engaged in regular employment. 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 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 district recognizes drug dependency as an illness and a major health problem. The district also recognizes drug abuse as a potential health, safety and security problem. Employees needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to use their health insurance plan as appropriate. Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize any employee's job, and will not be noted in any personnel record.

Upon the request of DESE or an agency of the United States, the district shall certify that it has adopted and implemented the drug prevention program described in this policy. The district shall conduct a biennial review of this policy to determine its effectiveness, implement necessary changes and ensure that the disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

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

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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:         10/14/1993


Revised:          01/08/1998; 10/12/2006; 01/15/2009; 12/09/2010


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

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