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5201 - Drug-Free Schools, Community and Workplace Federal Highway Administration Mandated



The board has an obligation to staff, students and citizens to take reasonable steps to assure safety in the workplace and to provide safety and high quality performance for the students that the staff serves.

"Workplace" may include any school building or any school premises; any school-owned vehicle or any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; and off school property during any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the supervision of the school district.

For these purposes, the board declares that the following behaviors will not be tolerated:

  1. Reporting to work under the influence of alcohol, illegal chemical substances or opiates.
  2. Using, possessing, transmitting alcohol, illegal chemical substances (including anabolic steroids) or opiates in any amount or in any manner on district property at any time, except that, staff may consume alcohol that is legally served at non-district activities, events, or functions at Borleske Stadium. Any staff member convicted of a felony attributable to the use, possession, or sale of illegal chemical substances or opiates will be subject to disciplinary action, including immediate termination.
  3.  Using district property or the staff member's position within the district to make or traffic alcohol, illegal chemical substances or opiates.
  4.  Using, possessing or transmitting illegal chemical substances and opiates in a manner which is detrimental to the interest of the district.

Any staff member who is taking a drug or medication, whether or not prescribed by the staff member's physician, which may adversely affect that staff member's performance is required to report such use of medication to his or her supervisor. The supervisor in conjunction with the district office then will determine whether the staff member can remain at work and whether any work restrictions will be necessary.

As a condition of employment, each employee shall notify his or her supervisor of a conviction under any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace as defined above. Such notification shall be provided no later than five days after such conviction. The district shall inform the federal government within ten days of such conviction, regardless of the source of the information.

Each employee shall be notified of the district's policy and procedures regarding employee drug activity at work. Any staff member who violates any aspect of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate discharge. As a condition of eligibility for reinstatement, an employee may be required to satisfactorily complete a drug rehabilitation or treatment program approved by the board, at the employee's expense. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to guarantee reinstatement of any employee who violates this policy, nor does the school district incur any financial obligation for treatment or rehabilitation ordered as a condition of eligibility for reinstatement.

Other actions such as notification of law enforcement agencies may be taken in regard to a staff member violating this policy at the district's discretion as it deems appropriate.

Cross References: 

Board Policy 


Use of Tobacco on School Property


Termination of Employment

Legal References: 



Violations committed on school bus or in or near school grounds or school bus route stop



Drugs and alcohol – Use of as cause for dismissal

41 USC §§ 701-707

Drug Free Workplace Act of Subtitle D 1988 and as amended in 1989

20 USC §§ 7101-7118

Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

21 U.S.C. 812

Controlled Substance Act

21 CFR 1300.11-1300.15



Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

Revised: August 18, 2009

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