5201 Drug-Free Schools, Community and Workplace

  • The board has an obligation to staff, students and citizens to take reasonable steps to provide a reasonably safe workplace and to provide safety and high quality performance for the students who the staff serves.

    For the purposes of this policy, “workplace” is defined to mean the site for the performance of work done, which includes work done in connection with a federal grant. The “workplace” includes any district building or any district property; any district-owned vehicle or any other district-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; and off district 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 jurisdiction of the district which could also include work on a federal grant.

    Prohibited Behavior

    To help maintain a drug-free school, community, and workplace, the following behaviors will not be tolerated: 

    1. Reporting to work or the workplace under the influence of alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids.

      Using, possessing, transmitting alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids in any amount, in any manner, and at any time in the workplace. 

    2. Any staff member convicted of a crime attributable to the use, possession, or sale of illegal and/or controlled substances including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination.

    3. Using district property or the staff member's position within the district to make or traffic alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances, including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids.

    4. Using, possessing or transmitting illegal and/or controlled substances including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids.

    Notification Requirements

    Any staff member who is taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications will be responsible for consulting the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist to ascertain whether the medication may interfere with the safe performance of their job.  If the use of a medication could compromise the safety of the staff member, other staff members, students or the public, it is the staff member’s responsibility to use appropriate personnel procedures (e.g., use leave, request change of duty, or notify their supervisor of potential side effects) to avoid unsafe workplace practices.  If a staff member notifies their supervisor that the use of medication could compromise the safe performance of their job, 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 will notify their supervisor of a conviction under any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace. Such notification will be provided no later than 5 days after such conviction. The district will inform the federal government within ten days of such conviction, regardless of the source of the information.

    Disciplinary Action

    Each employee will 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 will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination. As a condition of eligibility for reinstatement, an employee may be required to satisfactorily complete a drug rehabilitation or treatment program approved by the district, at the employee's expense. Nothing in this policy will be construed to guarantee reinstatement of any employee who violates this policy, nor does the district incur any financial obligation for treatment or rehabilitation ordered as a condition of eligibility for reinstatement.

    The district may notify law enforcement agencies regarding a staff member's violation of this policy at the district's discretion or take other actions as the district deems appropriate.

    Cross References:
    Board Policy 4215         Use of Tobacco, Nicotine Products and Delivery Devices 
    Board Policy 5280         Separation from Employment

    Legal References:        
    RCW 69.50.435                Violations committed in or on certain public places or facilities – Additional penalty – Defenses – Construction – Definitions
    20 U.S.C §§ 7101-7117     Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act [as amended by Title IV – 21st Century Schools]
    21 U.S.C. § 812                Controlled Substance Act
    41 U.S.C. § 8103              Drug Free Workplace Requirements for Federal Grant Recipients

    Management Resources:    
    Policy News                      Feb. 1999; Dec. 2011       
    Policy & Legal News      Feb. 2013; Dec. 2015   

    ADOPTED: 11/24/1992
    REVISED:  9/24/98; 3/22/12; 6/25/13; 3/24/16

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