School City of East Chicago
Bylaws & Policies


The School Board believes that the safety of students while being transported to and from school or school activities is of utmost importance and is the primary responsibility of the driver of the school vehicle. To fulfill such a responsibility, each driver, as well as others who perform safety-sensitive functions with Corporation vehicles must be mentally and physically alert at all times while on duty. To that end, the Board has established this policy and others related to employees' health and well-being.

The Board expects all CDL license holders to comply with Board Policy 4122.01 on Drug Free Workplace which prohibits the possession, use, sale, or distribution of alcohol and any controlled substance on school property at all times. Further, the Board concurs with the Federal requirement that all CDL license holders should be free of any influence of alcohol or controlled substance while on duty.

The Board directs the Superintendent to establish a drug and alcohol testing program whereby each regular and substitute bus driver, as well as any other staff member who holds a CDL license, is tested for the presence of alcohol in his/her system as well as for the presence of the following controlled substances:

 A.Marijuana (Hemp product consumption is not an acceptable alternative medical explanation for a positive marijuana screen test.)




 E.Phencyclidine (PCP)

The drug tests are to be conducted in accordance with Federal and State regulations a.) prior to employment, (Controlled Substances Only) b.) for reasonable suspicion, c.) upon return to duty after any alcohol or drug rehabilitation, d.) After any accident which involves the loss of human life or for which a citation is issued, e.) on a random basis, and f.) on a follow-up basis.

Candidates shall also be tested for the presence of alcohol in their system prior to employment.

Any staff member who tests positive shall be prohibited from driving any school vehicle and subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, in accordance with Corporation guidelines.

Prior to the beginning of the testing program, the Corporation shall provide a drug-free awareness program which will inform each CDL license holder about:

 A.the dangers of illegal drug use and controlled substance and alcohol abuse;

 B.Policy 4122.01 - Drug-Free Workplace, Policy 4161 - Unrequested Leaves of Absence, and Policy 4170.01 - Employee Assistance Program;

 C.the sanctions that may be imposed for violations of Policy 4122.01.

The Superintendent shall arrange for the required amount of training for appropriate staff members in drug recognition, in the procedures for testing, and in the proper assistance of staff members who are subject to the effects of substance abuse.

The Superintendent shall submit, for Board approval, a contract with a certified laboratory to provide services for implementation of the Department of Transportation rules including the following services:

 A.testing of all first and second test urine samples

 B.clear and consistent communication with the Corporation's Medical Review Officer (MRO)

 C.methodology and procedures for conducting random tests for controlled substances and alcohol

 D.preparation and submission of all required reports to the Corporation, the MRO, and to Federal and State governments

The Superintendent shall also select the agency or persons who will conduct the alcohol breathalizer tests, the Corporation's MRO, and the drug collection site(s) in accordance with the requirements of the law.

I.C. 20-27-5-13; 20-27-8-1 et seq.
49 C.F.R. 382.101 et seq.
49 C.F.R. Part 40

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