POLICY #4217.6
The Board of Trustees is concerned with maintaining a safe and healthy working and learning environment for all staff and students. Medical research indicates that the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco are hazardous to one’s health. In addition to the health hazard to the individual, staff are entrusted with the responsibility of imparting knowledge and serving as role models to students. As an employer, The Norwich Free Academy is concerned about the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace. Accordingly, the Academy announces the following policy regarding the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by its employees:
The Academy is committed to establishing and maintaining a drug-free, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free workplace. In compliance with federal and state requirements, employees are prohibited from the unlawfully manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use on or in the workplace of any alcohol, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, or any other controlled substance. Controlled drugs are further defined in Schedules I through V or Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and as further defined by regulation at 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15.
For purposes of this policy, the workplace includes any school building or school premises, any school owned vehicle or other school approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school activities, and any off-school property during any school sponsored or school approved activity, event or function, including but not limited to, field trips or athletic events, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district.
As a condition of employment with the Academy, employees shall abide by the terms of this policy. Any employee who violates the above prohibitions may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including discharge, and referral for criminal prosecution.
Members of the administrative staff shall report any suspected violation of the standards of conduct directly to the Superintendent/Head of School. The Superintendent/Head of School or his/her designee will immediately investigate the allegation and meet with the alleged violator.
The Academy has available drug, alcohol, and tobacco counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs.
Legal Reference:          Drug-Free Workplace Act. 102 Stat. 4305-4308.
Drug-Free Schools and Community Act, P.L. 99-570, as amended by P.L. 101-226 (1991)
21 U.S.C. 812, Controlled Substances Act, I through V, 202. 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15
54 Fed. Reg. 4946 (1989)
Policy Adopted:           December 10, 1991
Policy Revised:             April 21, 2009
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