The Board of Education is committed to the prevention and intervention of alcohol and other controlled substance use/abuse. The district will promote and encourage healthy lifestyles for its student body and staff, and will inhibit the unhealthy use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other controlled substances.
The Board prohibits the manufacture, distribution, possession and/or illegal use of any controlled substances in the workplace. "Workplace" shall mean any site on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, or any place in which an employee is working within the scope of his/her employment or duties. "Controlled substances" shall include drugs which are illegal because they have no legitimate medical purpose, and drugs which have legitimate medical uses but are highly addictive.
Any person caught possessing, consuming or under the influence of the aforementioned controlled substances on school grounds or at a school function, is prohibited from functioning in or entering into school grounds or school sponsored events.
Any violation of this policy by staff or students may be cause for disciplinary action. In the case of students, discipline will be imposed according to the violations as stated in the student handbook. In the case of employees, any disciplinary action imposed will be in accordance with applicable negotiated agreements or law.
The district supports the use of the following principles as guides for the development of its use/abuse efforts, and for any disciplinary measures related to alcohol and other controlled substances:
1. Alcohol, tobacco and other controlled substance use/abuse is preventable and treatable.
2. Alcohol and other controlled substance use/abuse inhibits the District from carrying out its central mission of educating students to their full potential.
3. Board members, the administration and all school staff should model behavior asked of students.
4. The educational program shall allow for the attainment of an optimal quality of life. This can be accomplished by promotion of responsible decision making, healthy life styles and maximum intellectual development of students and staff.
5. While the district can and must assume a leadership role in alcohol and other controlled substance use/abuse prevention, this goal will be accomplished only through coordinated, collaborative efforts with parents, students, staff and community as a whole.
The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee shall implement related regulations which outline the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.
Cross-ref: 3230, Organization Chart
9125.1, Staff Substance Abuse
9311, Support Staff Qualifications
Ref: Drug-Free Workplace Act (DFWA), P.L. 100-690
Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 812
21 CFR 1300.11-1300.15
34 CFR Part 85 (U.S. Dept. of Ed. Regulations under the DFWA)
Civil Service Law §75
Education Law §3020-a
Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers v. Board of Education,
70 NY2d 57 (1987)
Adoption date: January 1, 1993
Reviewed on: April 8, 2003