Employees who operate school vehicles are subject to drug and alcohol testing if a commercial driver's license is required to operate the school vehicle and the school vehicle transports sixteen or more persons including the driver or the school vehicle weighs twenty-six thousand one pounds or more.  For purposes of the drug and alcohol testing program, the term "employees" includes applicants who have been offered a position to operate a school vehicle.


The employees operating a school vehicle as described above are subject to pre-employment drug testing and random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol testing.  Employees operating school vehicles shall not perform a safety-sensitive function within four hours of using alcohol.  Employees governed by this policy shall be subject to the drug and alcohol testing program beginning the first day they operate or are offered a position to operate school vehicles and continue to be subject to the drug and alcohol testing program as long as they may be required to perform a safety-sensitive function as it is defined in the administrative regulations.  Employees with questions about the drug and alcohol testing program may contact the school district contact person, Executive Director of Business Operations at Administration Building.


Employees who violate the terms of this policy are subject to discipline up to and including termination. 


It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy in compliance with the law.  The superintendent shall  inform applicants of the requirement for drug and alcohol testing in notices or advertisements for employment.


The superintendent shall also be responsible for publication and dissemination of this policy and its supporting administrative regulations and forms to employees operating school vehicles.  The superintendent shall also oversee a substance-free awareness program to educate employees about the dangers of substance abuse and notify them of available substance abuse treatment resources and programs.


Legal Reference:           49 U.S.C. §§ 5331 et seq. (1994).

                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 (1994).

                                    41 U.S.C. §§ 701-707 (1996).

                                    49 C.F.R. Pt. 40; 382; 391.81-123 (1994).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 85 (1996).


Cross Reference:          404.07 Drug-Free Workplace

                                    410.02 Certificated Employee Personal Illness Leave

415.02  Support Staff Personal Illness Leave


Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:    3/13/06_____                                            Columbus, Nebraska

                                                                                    Reviewed:  11/9/09