The Acadia Parish School Board, in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, recognizes its obligation in providing and maintaining a drug-free workplace to remain eligible to receive federal grants and in support of local, state and national efforts to achieve drug-free schools and communities.


The Acadia Parish School Board shall:


  1. Advise all employees through the distribution of this policy that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance and/or intoxicants are prohibited in any workplace with the Acadia Parish School Board.  For any Acadia Parish School Board employee, the consequences of violation of this prohibition shall be any or all of the following based on the specific offense: Testing for presence of drugs/alcohol in body by a recognized hospital or chemical dependency unit, counseling, reprimanding, termination, suspension with or without pay while the case is pending in court.  Confirmed or substantial evidence of the use, sale or possession of controlled substances by any Acadia Parish School Board employee while off duty or off school premises shall result in any or all of the following:

    1. Requiring the employee to submit to a drug test from a recognized hospital or chemical dependency unit and presenting to the Superintendent or his/her designee certification from the agency performing the test that ­employee is drug free.

    2. Immediate suspension with or without pay and recommendation for job termination.

  1. The Acadia Parish School Board shall notify all employees that, as a condition of employment under the grant, all employees will abide by the preceding statement and notify the Superintendent or a designated representative of the drug statute violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. The Superintendent or a designated representative will notify the agency within ten (10) days after receiving notice from an employee or otherwise receiving actual notice of such conviction.

  1. The Acadia Parish School Board shall take one or more of the following actions within thirty (30) days of receiving notice with respect to any employee who is so convicted:

    1. Taking appropriate personnel action against such an employee, up to and including termination; or

    1. Requiring such employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.

  1. A Drug Awareness Program developed by the Acadia Parish School Board will inform all employees about:

    1. The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace.

    2. The Acadia Parish School Board's policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace.

    3. Any available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and/or employee assistance programs.

    4. The penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug violations occurring in the workplace.

  1. The Acadia Parish School Board will make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free workplace through implementation of areas previously outlined.




Controlled substance is any substance listed in Schedules I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 812), and as further defined by federal regulation 21 CFR 1300.


Conviction is a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere or imposition of sentence or both) by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine the violations of the Federal or State criminal drug statutes.


Workplace is any site for the performance of work for the Acadia Parish School Board.



Ref:    20 USC 7101 et seq. (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities)

21 USC 812 (Schedules of controlled substances)

41 USC 8101 et seq. (Drug-Free Workplace)

21 CFR 1308.11 et seq. (Schedules of Controlled Substances)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:240, 17:402, 17:405, 40:961, 40:962, 40:963, 40:964, 40:967, 40:968, 40:969, 40:970, 40:971, 40:971.1

Board minutes, 6-6-94


Acadia Parish School Board