The Livingston Parish School System recognizes the need to ensure both employees and students with a drug-free environment. Therefore, the Livingston Parish School Board shall maintain a drug-free workplace in accordance with state and federal statutory provisions. The Livingston Parish School Board shall not tolerate alcohol or substance abuse or use and shall prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

1. The Livingston Parish School Board, under the direction of the Superintendent, shall implement procedures to make all employees aware of the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace; the School System's policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace; the penalties for violation of the drug-free policy; the programs available to employees who seek assistance with alcohol or other drug abuse problems.

2. Any employee who has an alcohol or other drug abuse problem which they feel may affect work performance is encouraged to seek voluntary counseling or professional assistance. Any information provided by the employee concerning this matter shall be deemed strictly confidential. Upon the first request, any accumulated sick days or leave without pay may be used for this professional assistance. Future requests will be evaluated as needed. Due process procedures for dismissal shall be held for all employees where inadequate job performance has been documented.

3. The unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of intoxicants, drugs or controlled substances by an employee while on the job, or on school system property or on school system buses or other school system vehicles shall result in immediate suspension without pay and recommendation for job termination. Any illegal substances found in such circumstances shall be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

4. All employees shall be given a copy of this policy and shall be thereby notified that any employee who is engaged in the performance of his/her duties, as a condition of employment, agree to abide by the terms of this policy and shall further agree to notify the Superintendent's office of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall then notify the granting agency within ten (10) days after receiving notice from an employee of such conviction and shall implement the terms of this policy within thirty (30) days of the conviction.

Ref: 21 U.S.C. 812; 21 CFR 1300.11 et. seq.; 41 U.S.C.A. 701-707 (Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988); La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 17:81.6, 17:240, 17:402 et seq., 17:405.1, 40:961 et seq.