4218.231 - Personnel - Non Certified Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

Policy 4218.231

Personnel – Non-certified

Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

The Board of Education 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, certified employees are entrusted with the responsibility of imparting knowledge and serving as role models to students.

Alcohol and Drugs

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of maintaining a drug free environment for its staff and students. In compliance with federal and state requirements, employees are prohibited from the unlawfully manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use on or in the workplace any alcohol, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana (including for palliative purposes) or any other controlled substance. Controlled drugs are further defined in Schedules I through V of 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.

The "workplace" is defined to mean the site for the performance of work done. That includes any school building or any school premises; any school owned vehicle or any other school approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; 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 of the school district.

Each employee shall notify his or her supervisor of his or her conviction occurring in the workplace as defined above, no later than 5 days after such conviction.

Each employee shall abide by the terms of the school district policy respecting a drug free and alcohol free workplace.

An employee who violates the terms of this policy may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program, may not be renewed or his/her employment may be suspended or terminated, at the discretion of the Board.


There shall be no smoking or other use of tobacco products on school property during regular school hours, on transportation provided by the Board of Education, or during the course of any trip sponsored by the Board or under the supervision of the Board or its authorized agent.

Tobacco and nicotine products include but are not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco or snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine delivering devices chemicals or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances, or any other tobacco or nicotine innovations

A copy of this policy and the consequences of violating the policy shall be distributed to all employees of the Board of Education. Failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary action as detailed by the administration. 

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 regulation.

54 Fed. Reg. 4946 (1989)

Connecticut General Statutes
1-21b Smoking prohibited in certain places.
21a-408a Qualifying patient not subject to arrest, prosecution or certain other penalties. Requirements. Exceptions.

Policy adopted: 6/3/2014, Replaces 4-701

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