Policy 703 - Drug and Alcohol Testing Program


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, conducted in accordance with state and federal law. 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, the Transportation Coordinator, at the ERC office, 1600 East South Omaha Bridge Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503. 

It is the responsibility of the School District 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 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.

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

Adopted: 05/20/96
Modified: 11/16/98; 11/06/06
Reviewed: 05/06/96; 11/16/98; 10/16/06; 09/19/11

Legal Reference: Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. 42 U.S.C. __ 12101 et seq. (Supp. 1990).
41 U.S.C. __ 701-707 (1988).
9 C.F.R. Pt. 40; 382; 391.81-123 (1994).
34 C.F.R. Pt. 85 (1993).Local 301, Internat'l Assoc. of Fire Fighters, AFLCIO, and City of Burlington,
PERB No. 3876 (3-26-91).Iowa Code __ 124; 279.8; 730.5 (1993).

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