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3170 - Substance Abuse

The Board recognizes alcoholism and drug abuse as treatable illnesses. Such illnesses may impair the performance of employees. When appropriate, the Board may assist such employees in a manner recommended by appropriate specialists in the treatment of those illnesses.

An instructional staff member having an illness or other problem relating to the use of alcohol or other drugs will receive the same careful consideration and offer of assistance that is presently extended to an instructional staff members having any other illness.

The responsibility to correct unsatisfactory job performance or behavior resulting from a suspected health problem rests with the staff member. Failure to do so, for whatever reason, will result in appropriate corrective or disciplinary action as determined by the Board.

If an employee voluntarily requests counseling or assistance before the Board learns of the employee's substance abuse problem (through a positive test result or otherwise), the employee's job security or promotion opportunities will not be jeopardized by the employee's request for counseling or referral assistance.

Employees who suspect they may have an alcohol or other drug abuse problem are encouraged to seek counseling and information on a confidential basis by contacting resources available for such service. The Board cannot guarantee that the employee's use of illegal drugs or abuse of alcohol or controlled substances will not impact adversely the employee's employment status through disciplinary procedures.

F.S. 1012.798
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794
American's with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336

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