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Viewing Policy: SP 4020 Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace




The San Benito County Superintendent of Schools (County Superintendent) believes that the maintenance of a drug- and alcohol-free workplace is essential to staff and student safety and to help ensure a productive and safe work and learning environment.


An employee shall not unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use any controlled substance in the workplace.  [Government Code 8355; 41 USC 8103]


Employees are prohibited from being under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol while on duty.  For purposes of this policy, on duty means while an employee is on duty during both instructional and non-instructional time in the classroom or workplace, at extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or while transporting students or otherwise supervising them.  Under the influence means that the employee’s capabilities are adversely or negatively affected, impaired, or diminished to an extent that impacts the employee’s ability to safely and effectively perform his/her job.


(cf. 4032 – Reasonable Accommodation)


The County Superintendent or designee shall notify employees of the county office’s prohibition against drug use and the actions that will be taken for violation of such prohibition.  [Government Code 8355; 41 USC 8103]


(cf. 4112.9/4212.9/4312.9 – Employee Notifications)


An employee shall abide by the terms of this policy and shall notify the county office, within five days, of his/her conviction for violation in the workplace of any criminal drug statute. [Government Code 8355; 41 USC 8103]


In accordance with law and the county office’s collective bargaining agreements, the County Superintendent or designee shall take appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination, against an employee for violating the terms of this policy and/or shall require the employee to satisfactorily participate in and complete a drug assistance or rehabilitation program approved by a federal, state, or local public health or law enforcement agency or other appropriate agency.


(cf. 4112 – Appointment and Conditions of Employment)



Policy Approved:  3-12-20