5:50 - Drug-, Alcohol-, and Tobacco-Free Workplace

Policy 5:50

General Personnel

Drug-, Alcohol-, and Tobacco-Free Workplace

All District workplaces are drug- alcohol- and tobacco-free workplaces. All employees shall be prohibited from:

  1. unlawful manufacture, dispensing, distribution, possession, use, or being under the influence of a an illegal controlled substance while on District premises or while performing work for the District;
  2. distribution, consumption, use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol while on District premises or while performing work for the District;
  3. possession or use of medical cannabis;
  4. unless otherwise prohibited by this policy, prescription and over-the-counter medications are not prohibited when taken in standard dosages and/or according to prescriptions from the employee’s licensed health care provider, provided that an employee’s work performance is not impaired.

For purposes of this policy a controlled substance is one which is:

  1. not legally obtainable;
  2. being used in a manner different than prescribed;
  3. legally obtainable, but has not been legally obtained; or
  4. referenced in federal or State controlled substance acts.

As a condition of employment, each employee shall:

  1. abide by the terms of the District policy respecting a drug- and alcohol-free workplace; and
  2. notify his or her supervisor of his or her conviction under any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring on the District premises or while performing work for the District, no later than 5 days after such a conviction.

In order to make employees aware of dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, the District will:

  1. provide each employee with a copy of the District Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace policy;
  2. post notice of District Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace policy in a place where other information for employees is posted;
  3. make available materials from local, state, and national anti-drug and alcohol- abuse organizations;
  4. enlist the aid of community and state agencies with drug and alcohol informational and rehabilitation programs to provide information to District employees;
  5. inform employees of available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, re- entry, and any employee assistance programs.

Tobacco Prohibition

All employees are prohibited from using tobacco products and alternative nicotine product such as an electronic cigarette on school grounds. The prohibition on the use of tobacco products applies both (1) when an employee is on school property, and (2) while an employee is performing work for the District at a school event regardless of the event’s location. Tobacco shall have the meaning provided in Section 10-20.5b of the School Code.

District Action Upon Violation of Policy

An employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination. Alternatively, the Board may require an employee to successfully complete an appropriate drug or alcohol abuse, employee assistance rehabilitation program.

The School Board shall take disciplinary action with respect to an employee convicted of a drug offense in the workplace within 30 days after receiving notice of the conviction.

Should District employees be engaged in the performance of work under a federal contract or grant, or under a State contract or grant of $5,000 or more, the Superintendent shall notify the appropriate State or federal agency from which the District receives contract or grant monies of the employee’s conviction within 10 days after receiving notice of the conviction.

Adopted: May 4, 1998

Revised: January 27, 2014

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