Drug-Testing Policies for Staff and Students
The Bell County Board of Education, after holding a public forum and posting policies on the internet for public review, approved staff and student drug/alcohol free policies at the regularly scheduled school board meeting May 17, 2005. These policies went into effect on July 1, 2005.
The policies impact students, certified staff, and support personnel. The policies have a great focus on prevention and education, but also have a drug screening component for staff in safety sensitive positions, for those applying for positions with the district, for employees who are requesting to transfer or be promoted, and for students (grades 7-12) who participate in extra-curricular activities or who drive on school property.
Non-employees who wish to work for the district in auxiliary pay positions, such as Coaches, Cheer-leading Sponsors, Science Olympiad Coaches, etc. are required to apply for these positions through the Superintendent/Central Office and to participate in criminal back ground checks and drug testing in the same manner as other applicants for employment.
All staff and student testing shall be conducted by a company with whom the school board has contracted. Random staff testing is done on site at the school or building and pre-employment/transfer/promotion testing is done at Total Care's lab in Pineville on Virginia Avenue. Employee testing results are maintained separately from the personnel files and considered highly confidential. Only the district Drug Testing Coordinator shall have these employee test results and they shall be shared with the Superintendent on a need to know basis.
The sole purpose of devising these policies is to keep our students and staff safe and drug free.
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