6807 - Drug and Alcohol Testing Program


The Edmonds School District is a drug and alcohol-free workplace. A drug and alcohol testing program is established to comply with mandates of the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The following alcohol and controlled substance-related activities are prohibited for employees ("drivers") who, as part of their job duties, operate commercial motor vehicles and are subject to commercial driver's license (CDL) requirements:

  1. Reporting for duty or remaining on duty to perform safety-sensitive functions while having an alcohol concentration in excess of the standards set by the FHWA.
  2. Being on duty or operating a vehicle while the driver possesses alcohol.
  3. Using alcohol while performing safety-sensitive functions.
  4. When required to take a post-accident alcohol test, using alcohol within eight hours following an accident or prior to undergoing a post-accident alcohol or controlled substance test, whichever occurs first.
  5. Refusing to submit to an alcohol or controlled substance test required by post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, or follow-up testing requirements.
  6. Using alcohol, or being under the influence of alcohol within four hours of going on duty, operating or having physical control of a vehicle requiring a CDL to operate.
  7. Reporting for duty or remaining on duty when using any controlled substance, except when instructed by a physician who has advised the driver and the District that the substance does not adversely affect the driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle. Drivers are required to inform the District of any therapeutic drug use.
  8. Reporting for duty, remaining on duty or driving if the driver tests positive for controlled substance.

Violations shall result in immediate removal from the performance of safety-sensitive functions and, in appropriate cases, referral for alcohol or drug abuse treatment. Violation may also result in discharge.

Applicants for positions covered by this policy will be subject to pre-employment alcohol and controlled substance testing.

Drivers will be subject to alcohol or controlled substances testing as follows:

  • pre-employment testing
  • post-accident testing
  • random testing
  • reasonable suspicion testing
  • return to duty testing
  • follow-up testing (as directed by a substance abuse professional following return to duty)

The Superintendent or designee will ensure that procedures are developed and implemented for the drug and alcohol testing program as required by law, including procedures for record retention and reporting, education, training, and referral for evaluation and treatment.

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