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H402 - Drug-Free Workplace

Policy H402: Drug-Free Workplace

The Hancock School Committee recognizes that alcoholism and drug dependency are treatable diseases.  Left untreated, they may result in serious personal and family problems.  At the same time, the School Committee  is also seriously 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 students.

The School Committee believes that all employees and students should be able to work and learn in an environment free from alcohol and drug abuse.  Accordingly, the School 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 students.

No employee shall distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor.  Nor shall an employee unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of “bath salts” or other synthetic hallucinogen or of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid or any other controlled substance as defined in state or federal law.  This applies before, during and after school hours, at school, in any school-approved vehicle used to transports students to and from school or school activities; off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function where students are under the jurisdiction of the school unit; or during any period of time such employee is supervising students on behalf of the school system or otherwise engaged in School Department business.

Any employee who suspects that he/she may have an alcohol or drug dependency problem is strongly encouraged to contact the Principal to seek voluntary diagnosis and treatment.  The employee will be provided confidential referral services to an outside agency upon request and assisted in determining the extent to which insurance coverage to help pay for such services is available.  All voluntary referrals shall be kept confidential.

Any illegal use, possession, furnishing, selling or provision of assistance in obtaining “bath salts,” alcoholic beverages or scheduled drugs not covered by the preceding paragraph may, depending upon the circumstances, constitute sufficient grounds for discipline, up to and including dismissal.  Referrals under foregoing paragraphs of this policy will not preclude disciplinary action under this paragraph, depending on the circumstances.

Any employee is required to notify the school unit of a criminal or civil conviction for a drug violation (including alcohol) no later than five calendar days after such conviction.  In turn, the Superintendent, within 10 calendar days of learning of such a conviction, is to give written notification to any federal agency from which the school department receives grant funds.

Appropriate disciplinary sanctions shall be taken against any employee who violates the terms of this policy, up to and including dismissal.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for developing and administering appropriate procedures to implement this policy.

A copy of this policy shall be given to all current employees and to new employees at the time of their employment and shall be posted on the Hancock Grammar School website.


Adopted: 3/19/14