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GBEC Drug Free Work Place

DRUG FREE WORK PLACE

The Veazie School Committee recognizes that alcoholism and drug dependency are treatable diseases.  At the same time, the Committee is concerned about the effects of alcohol and drug dependency upon an employee's job performance and ability to serve as a role model for our pupils.  Accordingly, the Committee has adopted the following policy applicable to all school system employees.

1.  The Committee believes that all employees and pupils should be able to work and learn in an environment that is free from alcohol and drug abuse.  The Committee expects all employees to report for work and to perform their duties in a manner that does not jeopardize the health, safety and well-being of co-workers and pupils.

2.  Any employee who suspects that he or she may have an alcohol or drug dependency problem is strongly encouraged to seek voluntary diagnosis and treatment through the use of the Employee Assistance Program or any other means.

3.  All employees are strictly prohibited from 1) possessing, furnishing or selling alcoholic beverages or scheduled drugs at any school facility or at any school-sponsored activity, 2) being under the influence of or using any such substance at any such place or event.  The above prohibitions do not apply to legally prescribed medications.

4.  Any violation of the preceding paragraph shall constitute sufficient grounds for employee discipline, up to and including dismissal from employment.  Any enforcement shall be guided by the provisions of the appropriate collective agreement.  Any illegal use, possession, furnishing, selling or the provision of assistance in obtaining alcoholic beverages or scheduled drugs may constitute sufficient grounds for discipline, up to and including dismissal.  Referral under paragraph 2, above, will not preclude disciplinary action under this paragraph.

5.  As provided in the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees are required to notify the Veazie School Department of any criminal or civil drug statute conviction occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction.

6.  A copy of this policy will be given or mailed to all current employees and any new employees at the time of their employment.

Ref.  Drug-Free Workplace Act (1988)

Maine Drug Prevention Program Certification (1990)