Randolph County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

3170 - SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The Board of Education recognizes alcoholism and drug abuse may impair the performance of professional staff members. When appropriate, and in the sole discretion of the Board, the Board may assist such employees in a manner recommended by appropriate specialists in the treatment of those illnesses. However, in no case whatsoever shall an employee's use and/or abuse of alcohol and/or drugs prevent disciplinary action from being taken against an employee for his/her actions by the Board where the same arises out of, either directly or indirectly, said employee's use and/or abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. Furthermore, this policy in no way obligates the Board to provide any particular health care or other treatment or to become responsible for payment of the same.

The responsibility to correct unsatisfactory job performance, attendance or behavioral problems resulting from a suspected health problem rests with the professional staff member. Additionally, regardless of whether a professional staff member has an illness or other problem relating to the use of alcohol or other drugs it remains the responsibility of the professional staff member to report to work and perform his/her duties in a fit and appropriate condition at all times. Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while on duty, on school property, or at a school related activity/event is not acceptable. Failure to correct unsatisfactory job performance, attendance or behavior and/or working or reporting to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will result in appropriate corrective or disciplinary action as determined by the Board, up to and including termination.

No professional staff member will have his/her job security or promotion opportunities jeopardized by his/her voluntary request for counseling or referral assistance.

Professional staff members who suspect they may have an alcohol or other drug abuse problem are encouraged to seek counseling and information on a confidential basis by contacting resources available for such service.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794

Revised 7/5/11