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Policies » Section G: Personnel » GBEC: Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free Schools

Policy Date: 01/03/2019

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A. Drug-Free Workplace
1. All District workplaces are drug- and alcohol-free. All employees and contracted
personnel are prohibited from:
a. Unlawfully manufacturing, dispensing, distributing, possessing, using, or being
under the influence of any controlled substance or drug while on or in the workplace,
including employees possessing a “medical marijuana” card.
b. Distributing, consuming, using, possessing, or being under the influence of
alcohol while on or in the workplace.

2. For purposes of this policy, a “controlled substance or drug” means and includes any
controlled substance or drug defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §
812(c), or New Hampshire Controlled Drug Act RSA 318-B.

3. For purposes of this policy, “workplace” shall mean the site for the performance of
work, and will include at a minimum any District building or grounds owned or operated
by the District, any school-owned vehicle, and any other school-approved vehicle used to
transport students to and from school or school activities. It shall also include off-school
property during any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function such
as a field trip or athletic event where students are under the jurisdiction, care or control
of the District.

4. As a condition of employment, each employee and all contracted personnel will:
a. Abide by the terms of this policy respecting a drug- and alcohol-free workplace,
including any administrative rules, regulations or procedures implementing this
policy; and
b. Notify his or her supervisor of his or her conviction under any criminal drug
statute, for a violation occurring on District premises or while performing work for
the District, no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

5. In order to make employees aware of dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, the District
will endeavor to:
a. Provide each employee with a copy of the District drug- and alcohol-free
workplace policy;
b. Post notice of the District drug- and alcohol-free workplace policy in a place
where other information for employees is posted;
c. Establish a drug-free awareness program to educate employees about the
dangers of drug abuse and drug use in the work place, the specifics of this policy,
including, the consequences for violating the policy, and any information about
available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, reentry, or other employee assistance programs.

B. District Action Upon Violation of Policy
An employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action; up to and
including termination of employment. Alternatively, the Board may require an employee
to successfully complete an appropriate drug- or alcohol-abuse, employee-assistance
rehabilitation program.

The Board will take disciplinary action with respect to an employee convicted of a drug
offense in the workplace, within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of a conviction.
Should District employees or contracted personnel be engaged in the performance of
work under a federal contract or grant, or under a state contract or grant, the
Superintendent will notify the appropriate state or federal agency from which the District
receives contract or grant moneys of an employee/contracted personnel’s conviction,
within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction.

The processes for disciplinary action shall be those provided generally to other
misconduct for the employee/contractor personnel as may be found in applicable
collective bargaining agreements, individual contracts, School Board policies, contractor
agreements, and or governing law. Disciplinary action should be applied consistently and
fairly with respect to employees of the District and/or contractor personnel as the case
may be.

C. Drug-Free School Zone
Pursuant to New Hampshire’s “Drug-Free School Zone” law (RSA Chapter 193-B), it is
unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell prescribe administer, dispense, or possess
with intent to sell, dispense or compound any controlled drug or its analog, within a
“drug-free school zone”. The Superintendent is directed to assure that the District is and
remains in compliance with the requirements of RSA 193-B, I, and N.H. Ed. Part 316 with
respect to establishment, mapping and signage of the drug-free zone around each school
of the District.

D. Implementation and Review
a. The Superintendent is directed to promulgate administrative procedures and rules
necessary and appropriate to implement the provisions of this policy.
b. In order to maintain a drug-free workplace, the Superintendent will perform a biennial
review of the implementation of this policy. The review shall be designed to (i)
determine and assure compliance with the notification requirements of section A.5.a, b
and d; (ii) determine the effectiveness of programs established under paragraph A.5.c
above; (iii) ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently and fairly enforced; and
(iv) and identify any changes required, if any.

Legal References:
41 U.S.C. §101, et. Seq. – Drug-free workplace requirements for Federal contractors, and Federal
grant recipients, RSA Chapter 193-B Drug Free School Zones, N.H. Admin. Code, Ed. Part 316

Adopted: March 16, 1992
Adopted: June 1, 2000
Revised: January 3, 2019