SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109
It is the goal of the Susquehanna Township School District to maintain a drug-free workplace. In order to further this goal and to comply with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690, the following policy is hereby adopted:
- the term “controlled substance” means (i) a controlled substance I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812), (ii) a controlled substance in schedules I through V of section 104 of the Controlled Substance Drug Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P.S. 780-104), (iii) a look-alike drug, or (iv) a designer drug;
- the term “look-alike drug” means any substance not listed in schedules I through V of 21 U.S.C. 812 or 35 P.S. 780-104 that (i) has a stimulant or depressant effect on humans, other than a prescription drug, which, or the label or container of which, substantially resembles a specific controlled substance, or (ii) is or has been represented to be controlled substance, stimulant, or depressant.
- The term “designer drug” means a substance not listed in schedules I through V of 21 U.S.C. 813 or 35 P.S. 780-104 that has a chemical structure similar to that of a controlled substance which produces an effect substantially similar to that of a controlled substance.
- The term “conviction” means a finding of guilt (including a plea or nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the Federal or State criminal drug statutes;
- The term “criminal drug statue” means a criminal statue involving manufacture, distribution, use, or possession of any controlled substance as defined in this policy;
- The term “in the workplace” means (i) any school building, ground, vehicle, or other site owned, leased or otherwise used, whether permanently or temporarily, by the Susquehanna Township School District; or (ii) any site where an employee conducts, supervises, takes part in or in any way participates in a school sponsored or school approved activity, even or function, including but not limited to a field trip or athletic event.
- The term “the Act” means the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.
2. The manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, control or use of controlled substance is hereby prohibited in the workplace unless the employee can establish that said manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, control or use is lawful under the laws of the Commonwealth.
3. As a condition of employment by Susquehanna Township School District, each employee of the District will abide by this policy and will give notice to the District of any criminal drug statue conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace. Such notice shall be in writing to the superintendent and must be received by the superintendent no later than five (5) days after such conviction.
4. Within ten (10) days after receipt of said notice or receipt of actual notice of conviction, the District shall notify all granting agencies as required under the Act.
5. Any employee who violates the terms of this policy shall be subject to non-renewal, suspension, or other appropriate action, up to and including removal, at the discretion of the Board. As an alternative or in addition to the above, the Board may require the satisfactory participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program by any employee who violates the terms of this policy.
6. The superintendent shall establish a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about:
- the dangers of drug abuse;
- the district’s policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace;
- any available drug counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs; and
- the penalties that may be imposed for employee drug abuse violations.
7. Each current employee shall be given a copy of this policy as soon as it is practicable, which shall satisfy the District’s obligation to notify each employee of the statement required under 5153 (a) (1) (A) of the Act. Each new employee shall be given a copy of this policy upon commencing employment with the District.
Approved by the School Board – June 26, 1989