Date Adopted: February 5, 1990
Date Revised: June 27, 1994
The Board of Education recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and chemical
substances has an adverse effect on the work performance, and the health
and welfare of its employees. Moreover, problems associated with substance
abuse are affecting all areas of society, and, most especially the children
we serve. Therefore, the Board adopts this policy in an effort to prevent
the abuse of alcohol and chemical substances by all of its employees.
The Executive Director, Human Resources, is authorized to issue such regulations,
procedures, and programs, subject to approval by the Superintendent of
Schools, as are necessary to implement and administer this policy and its
All of the premises used by the School District of Philadelphia, whether
owned, leased or temporarily under its control for any program or activity
of the School District are declared to be drug-free work-places.
The School District of Philadelphia prohibits the possession, manufacture,
sale, dispensing and use of alcohol and/or any controlled substance and
prohibits any of its employees' being under the influence of alcohol or
a controlled substance on any of its premises or in any of its programs
or activities. An employee found to violate this rule shall be subject
to discipline up to and including discharge.
The School District of Philadelphia encourages its employees experiencing
difficulty with alcohol or controlled substance abuse to seek assistance
in their efforts to control such problems and to achieve rehabilitation.
It remains the employee's responsibility to initiate efforts to seek assistance
before the stage at which his or her work performance is impaired and leads
to disciplinary action. See Board Policy No. 321 entitled Employee Assistance
Any employee who is convicted of a criminal drug offense in the workplace
must within five days thereof give written notice of such conviction to
the Executive Director of Human Resources.
The foregoing constitutes the School District of Philadelphia's Interim
Policy on employee alcohol and substance abuse. However, a comprehensive
alcohol and substance abuse program and policy, including provisions governing
testing for alcohol and substance abuse, will follow. It must be emphasized
that as a condition of employment, every Philadelphia School District employee
must abide by the terms of this Interim Policy. This obligation includes
the employee's submission to appropriate drug and alcohol testing under
Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988