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APRIL 17, 2008
452. PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING
These regulations are promulgated by the Board toward the end of creating a drug-
free school environment. Enhanced productivity, employee safety, and decreased
health and accident costs are the intended products of this policy. Moreover, because
school district employees supervise and act as role models for students of this
district, these regulations are also intended to promote and protect student health and
safety. The Board has already adopted a policy outlining its concerns about the use
of illegal drugs and the abuse of illegal drugs in the workplace. In further support of
its efforts to protect the health, safety and welfare of students, staff and school
property, the Board has determined that all applicants for employment will be
subject to drug testing in accordance with the procedures set forth in this policy, and
that no such applicant shall be considered for employment if they test positive,
except under the limited circumstances set forth below.
All drug testing will be conducted by an Easton Area School District-approved
and National Institute for Drug Abuse-certified medical testing laboratory. All
testing shall be performed and positive test results will be verified using
approved methodologies. An appropriate chain of custody procedure will be
developed to ensure continuity in specimen collection, handling, transfer and
A listing of the approved testing center(s) will be maintained in the office of the
Director of Human Resources.
The applicant will be asked to submit to a drug screen when s/he is considered
The drug test must take place within 24 hours of the offer for employment.
Prior to submitting to the drug screen, the applicant is required to inform the
testing officer of any prescription drug the applicant is taking which may affect
the results of the drug screen.
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The applicant will be required to follow all instructions and procedures
established by the collection site to identify the employee, establish proper chain
of custody, and preserve the integrity of the sample.
Arrangements will be made with the collection site so that its personnel will take
reasonable steps to protect the privacy of the employee, consistent with the
requirement that the collection site maintain the integrity of the sample.
The sample to be provided by the applicant will consist of a urine sample in an
amount to be determined in accordance with procedures of the testing laboratory.
The testing process will only test for the following drugs:
Opiates (e.g., heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone).
Cannabinods (e.g., marijuana, hashish).
Other narcotics and hallucinogens (e.g., phencyclidine (PCP), methaqualone
(quaalude), peyote (LSD).
A test will be deemed positive if the confirmatory test indicates a level above the
established for that particular drug in regulations issued by the Federal
Department of Transportation, or otherwise determined by the Board consistent
with current medical practice.
The only information which the laboratory will be permitted to tell the school
district is whether the applicant tested positive for one of the substances listed
The results of the test will be reported to the Director of Human Resources.
Thereafter, the information will only be released to those individuals in a need to
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Consequences Of Testing
An applicant who tests positive will not be considered for employment unless the
drug is part of the prescription medication which the applicant disclosed to the