Longview School District


Longview, WA, USA

Policy No. 5201




The board has an obligation to staff, students and citizens to take reasonable steps to provide a reasonably safe workplace and to provide safety and high quality performance for the students who the staff serves.

For the purpose of this policy, the “workplace” is defined to mean the site for the performance of work done which includes work done in connection with a federal grant. The workplace includes any district building or any district property; any district-owned vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; off district property during any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district, which could also include work on a federal grant.

Prohibited Behavior

To help maintain a drug-free school, community, and workplace, the following behaviors will not be tolerated:

A. Reporting to work or the workplace under the influence of alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids.

B. Using, possessing, transmitting alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids, in any amount, in any manner, and at any time in the workplace.   

C. Any staff member convicted of a crime attributable to the use, possession, or sale of illegal and or controlled substances, including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids, will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination.

D. Using district property or the staff member's position within the district to make or traffic alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances, including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids.

E. Using, possessing or transmitting alcohol, illegal and/or controlled substances in a manner which is detrimental to the interest of the district.

Notification Requirements

Any staff member who is taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications will be responsible for consulting the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist to ascertain whether the medication may interfere with the safe performance of his/her job. If the use of a medication could compromise the safety of the staff member, other staff members, students or the public, it is the staff member’s responsibility to use appropriate personnel procedures (e.g., use leave, request change of duty, or notify his/her supervisor of potential side effects) to avoid unsafe workplace practices.  If a staff member notifies his/her supervisor that the use of medication could compromise the safe performance of his/her job, the supervisor, in conjunction with the district office will then determine whether the staff member can remain at work and whether any work restrictions will be necessary.

As a condition of employment, each employee will notify his or her supervisor of a conviction under any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace. Such notification will be provided no later than 5 days after such conviction. The district shall inform the federal government within ten days of such conviction, regardless of the source of the information.

Disciplinary Action

Each employee will be notified of the district's policy and procedures regarding employee drug activity at work. Any staff member who violates any aspect of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate termination. As a condition of eligibility for reinstatement, an employee may be required to satisfactorily complete a drug rehabilitation or treatment program approved by the district , at the employee's expense. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to guarantee reinstatement of any employee who violates this policy, nor does the school district incur any financial obligation for treatment or rehabilitation ordered as a condition of eligibility for reinstatement.

The district may notify law enforcement agencies regarding a staff member’s violation of this policy at the district's discretion or take other actions as it deems appropriate.


Legal References

RCW 69.50.435 Violations committed in or on certain public places or facilities —Additional penalty — Defenses — Construction — Definitions

41 U.S.C. § 8103 Drug Free Workplace Requirements for Federal Grant Recipients

21 U.S.C. § 812 Controlled Substance Act

20 U.S.C 7101-71187 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act [as amended by Title IV – 21st Century Schools]


Cross References

4215 - Use of Tobacco, Nicotine Products and Delivery Devices


Management Resources

2015 - December Issue

2013 - February Issue

2011 - December Issue

Policy News, February 1999 Bus drivers still tested for marijuana



Initially Adopted: June 26, 1989

Adopted: March 8, 2010

Amended: March 13, 2017