POLICY MANUAL

Use of Drugs/Alcohol - Policy GBEAZ

A. Generally
The School Board demands compliance with both the word and intent of the Drug-Free Workplace Act, acts of the Virginia General Assembly relating to drug (including alcohol) use, and Federal, State, and Department of Education regulations implementing such legislation.

The illegal use, possession of, or sale of alcohol, narcotics, hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, marijuana or other controlled substance on school board property shall result in suspension or termination of employment.

B. Prohibited Conduct
No employee may have an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater, be under the influence of, or have his or her ability to perform job duties impaired by drugs or alcohol, during working hours, or while on duty at a school or student activity.

No employee may possess drugs, or possess or drink any alcoholic beverage in or upon the grounds of any of the division’s schools or buildings, during school hours or school or student activities.

No employee may drink any alcoholic beverage in or upon the grounds of any of the division’s schools or buildings after school hours or school or student activities.

C. Testing
If a supervisor has reasonable cause to believe that an employee has reported to work or performed job duties under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the supervisor has the right and responsibility to request the employee submit to a drug or alcohol test.

The failure of an employee to submit to a drug or alcohol test shall be grounds for discipline which may include termination. The results of the drug or alcohol test shall not be used for any purpose other than to determine adherence to policy and to discipline an employee when necessary.

D. Discipline
The Superintendent and School Board will take appropriate personnel action up to and including dismissal of any employee found to have engaged in prohibited conduct listed above. Such personnel action may include requiring the employee to participate in a drug or alcohol assistance program.

Adopted: August 1, 2017

Legal Refs.:

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 4.1-309

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