Policy 7240

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The board of education recognizes that reducing drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace improves the safety, health and productivity of employees. It is the policy of the board of education that a drug-free and alcohol-free workplace must be maintained.



The board prohibits the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, alcohol, stimulants, synthetic cannabinoids, counterfeit substance or any other controlled substance as defined in (1) schedules I through VI of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act or in (2) schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and further defined by regulation at 21 C.F.R. 1300.01 through 1300.04, or defined in schedules. Employees must not be impaired by the excessive use of prescription or nonprescription drugs. This policy is not violated by an individual’s proper use of a drug lawfully prescribed for that individual by a licensed health-care provider.

Employees are prohibited from using or being under the influence of alcohol while acting in the course and scope of employment duties, while at school-sponsored activities or while on school property. This policy does not apply to an employee’s consumption of alcoholic beverages that are served at a reception or other similar function that occurs outside the regular workday and that the employee is authorized or required to attend as a part of his or her employment duties.


This policy governs each employee before, during or after school hours while the employee is on any property owned or leased by the board of education; at any time during which the employee is acting in the course and scope of his or her employment with the board of education; and at any time that the employee’s violation of this policy has a direct and adverse effect upon his or her job performance.


An employee must notify the Chief Personnel Officer of the school system in writing of any conviction under any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring within the scope of Section A of this policy. Notification must be given no later than the next scheduled business day after such conviction. Within 10 days of receiving a notice of conviction by an employee whose position is funded in any part by a federal grant, the director of human resources or designee shall notify the funding agency of the conviction. “Conviction” as used in this policy includes the entry in a court of law or military tribunal of: (1) a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, no contest or the equivalent; (2) a verdict or finding of guilty; or (3) a prayer for judgment continued (“PJC”) or a deferred prosecution.


Violation of this policy will subject an individual to disciplinary action by the board of education that could result in non-renewal or termination of employment with the school system or the requirement that the employee participate satisfactorily in a drug or alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the board of education or federal, state or local health, law enforcement or other appropriate agency. Information concerning available counseling, rehabilitation and re-entry programs will be provided to employees.

All employees shall receive a copy of this policy.

Legal References: 21 U.S.C. 812; 41 U.S.C. 701 et seq.; 21 C.F.R. 1300.01-.04; G.S. 20-138.2B; 90-89 to -94; 115C-36

Cross References: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators (policy 7241), Staff Responsibilities (policy 7300)

Adopted: December 5, 2011, Revised February 4, 2013

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