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CRITICAL

 

EMPLOYEE ALCOHOL AND DRUG TESTING

 


Provisions Applicable to All Employees


Alcohol and Drug Prohibitions


No employee may manufacture, use, possess, sell, distribute or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in violation of the district's Drug-Free Workplace policy. The district may elect to test an employee for alcohol and drugs if the district has reasonable suspicion that the employee has consumed alcohol or drugs in violation of Board policy. In addition, staff members who operate district transportation must submit to alcohol and drug testing as otherwise required by law.


Program Coordinator


The superintendent or designee will serve as the program coordinator to implement the alcohol and drug testing program of the district within the guidelines of this policy.


Training


All staff who have supervisory duties over other staff members will be provided training on the effects of drug and alcohol use. The training will include physical, behavioral, speech and performance indicators of drug and alcohol use. Supervisors of employees who operate district transportation will be trained in accordance with federal law.


Testing Program


The district may choose to use self-administered saliva screening tests for alcohol and drug testing. Positive results from a self-administered saliva screening will be verified by sending the employee to a reputable testing facility for additional testing. The district may, at its discretion, require additional testing regardless of the results of the self-administered saliva screening. The district may also choose to utilize other methods of testing in lieu of the self-administered saliva screening test. The district will use testing facilities with appropriately trained personnel for alcohol and drug testing. The district's drug and alcohol testing program shall provide individual privacy in the collection of specimen samples to the maximum extent possible. The specimen collection procedures and chain of custody shall ensure that specimen security, proper identification and integrity are not compromised.


Refusal to Submit to Tests


Drug or alcohol tests administered pursuant to this policy are mandatory. An employee refuses to submit when he or she fails to provide adequate breath, saliva or urine for testing when notified of the need to do so or engages in conduct that clearly obstructs the testing process.


Consequences


Employees who refuse to submit to a test, who test positive for prohibited substances or who take deliberate action with the intent to falsify test results will be subject to discipline, but not limited to suspension, including termination, and/or referral for prosecution in accordance with Board policy and law. 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.


Treatment


In addition to any disciplinary action taken, the district will provide employees a list containing the names, addresses and telephone numbers of substance abuse professionals and counseling and treatment programs when employees have a positive drug or alcohol test, refuse to take a test or otherwise request information about substance abuse treatment.


District Records and Reports


Alcohol and drug test results and records shall be maintained under strict confidentiality and released only in accordance with law. Upon written request, an employee shall receive copies of any records pertaining to his or her use of alcohol or drugs, including any records pertaining to his or her tests. Test records shall be maintained with the separate medical files of each employee. The district shall maintain records and reports of its alcohol and drug prevention program as required by law.


Notification to Employees


The program coordinator shall ensure that all employees receive written materials explaining the district's drug and alcohol misuse prevention program, including copies of or access to applicable policies, procedures or handbooks.


Employees shall sign statements certifying that they have received the materials.


Provisions Applicable to Drivers


In addition to the drug testing provisions applicable to all employees, the St. Charles R-VI School District, which employs operators of commercial motor vehicles ("drivers"), is required to implement a drug and alcohol testing program that fulfills federal requirements. The district will use laboratories certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct drug specimen analysis. This comprehensive program shall include conducting pre-employment drug testing and reasonable suspicion, random and post-accident testing for use of alcohol or drugs by drivers; notifying drivers of the requirements and consequences of the program; maintaining appropriate records; and complying with Missouri Department of Revenue's reporting requirements.


As required by law, no driver shall report for duty within four (4) hours of using alcohol. No driver required to take a post-accident test shall use alcohol for eight (8) hours following the accident or until he or she undergoes a post-accident alcohol test, whichever comes first.


Records of drug and alcohol tests and other related records shall be made available to a subsequent employer only as expressly requested in writing by the employee.


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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:         03/09/1995

 

Revised:          06/08/1999; 10/12/2006; 12/09/2010; 06/09/2011

 

Cross Refs:     EEA, Student Transportation Services

 

Legal Refs:     § 287.120, RSMo.

Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, 49 U.S.C. § 31306

Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 802(6)

49 C.F.R. Parts 40, 382, and 383


St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, Missouri

 

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