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D8 - Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Policy

 

SECTION:            PERSONNEL                                                                                        CODE: D8

TITLE:                  ALCOHOL AND DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

 

Policy
It is the policy of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union and its member school boards to maintain a workplace free of alcohol and drugs. No employee will unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use alcohol or any drug on or in the workplace.

 

Definitions
Drug means any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled substance as defined by state or federal statute or regulation.

 

Workplace means the site for the performance of work for the School District, including any school building or any school premises and any school-owned vehicle or any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities. It also includes 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 jurisdiction of the District.

 

Employee Responsibilities
As a condition of employment, each employee will notify the Superintendent in writing of his or her conviction of any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring on or in the workplace as defined above. The employee must notify the Superintendent no later than five (5) days after such conviction. Entry of a nolo contendere plea shall constitute a conviction for purposes of this policy, as will any judicial finding of guilt or imposition of sentence. Within ten (10) days of notification from an employee, or receipt of actual notice of an alcohol or drug conviction, the Superintendent will notify any federal or state officers or agencies legally entitled to such notification.

 

As a condition of employment, each employee must abide by the terms of the School District policy respecting an alcohol and drug free workplace.

 

An employee who violates the terms of this policy may be asked to satisfactorily complete an alcohol or drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the Board. In addition, an employee who violates the terms of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, non-renewal, suspension or termination at the discretion of the Board.

 

Administrative Responsibilities
The Board will take action in accordance with the District’s policies and procedures as well as applicable state and federal law.

 

The Superintendent will establish an alcohol and drug-free awareness program in the District to include information on the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace, the District's policy on an alcohol and drug-free workplace and any alcohol or drug counseling available to employees as well as any available rehabilitation and employee assistance programs..

 

A copy of this policy will be given by the Superintendent or his or her designee to each District employee.

 

The Superintendent or his or her designee will conduct a biennial review of the District's student and employee drug prevention programs as required by the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994. The review will determine the effectiveness of the prevention programs and the consistency of the enforcement of disciplinary sanctions. Following each review, required changes will be implemented.



Date RevisedAdopted:   February, 2006 

Legal Reference(s): 

21 U.S.C. §§1521 et seq. (Drug-Free Communities Act)

 

20 U.S.C. §§1701 et seq. (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994)

 

21 C.F.R. §§1308.11 through 1308.15

 

21 V.S.A. §517 (Employer’s Authority)

Cross Reference:

Student Substance Abuse (F7)