Board of Education Policy 6150: Alcohol, Drugs and Other Substances

The Board, recognizing that students are often influenced by teachers and other members of a school’s staff, impresses upon staff members the importance of maintaining a high level of professionalism appropriate to their position, which, in turn, will set a positive example for students.

The Board, therefore, prohibits the consumption, sharing and/or selling, use and/or possession of illegal drugs (including prescription drugs for which the employee does not have a prescription), counterfeit and designer drugs, the misuse of over-the-counter drugs, or alcoholic beverages in the workplace, or when the effects of these drugs and/or alcohol use may impair an employee’s job performance.

Information about drug and alcohol counseling and/or rehabilitation programs will be made available to employees. Confidentiality will be ensured as required by state and federal law. Employees will also be made aware of the range of penalties or consequences, up to and including, termination of employment that may be imposed, in accordance with relevant law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, for violations of this policy.

The Superintendent or designee will periodically review the drug and alcohol abuse prevention program to determine its effectiveness and support appropriate modifications, as needed.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, 20 USC § 7101, et seq. as amended by the Every Student
Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)
Civil Service Law § 75
Education Law §§ 913, 1711(2)(e), 2508(5) and 3020-a

NOTE: Refer also to Policies #3410 — Code of Conduct
#7320 — Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Other Substances
District Code of Conduct

Adopted December 6, 2016, Updated April 9, 2019