Policy 6150


Prohibited Conduct

The District, recognizing that students are often influenced by teachers and other members of a school's staff, impresses upon staff the importance of maintaining a high level of professionalism appropriate to their position, which, in turn, will set a positive example for students.

Accordingly, when in the workplace or when the effects of these actions may impair job performance, staff are prohibited from consuming, sharing, selling, using, and/or possessing: 

a) Illegal drugs
b) Cannabis (marijuana) or any other controlled substance in schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act; 
c) Counterfeit and designer drugs 
d) Drug paraphernalia,; or 
e) Alcohol

Exceptions may exist for authorized medical cannabis use. 

Additionally, the misuse and/or unprescribed use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is prohibited in the workplace or when the effects of these actions may impair job performance.

Further, all staff are bound by the conduct prohibitions contained in District Policy 5640 - Smoking, Tobacco, and Cannabis (Marijuana) Use. 

Disciplinary Measures

Staff will be informed of the range of penalties or consequences, up to and including termination of employment that may be imposed for engaging in prohibited conduct. Penalties and consequences will be in accordance with any applicable law, District policy, collective bargaining agreement, and/or other similar document.

Information on Substance Use Related Services

The Superintendent has designated one or more individuals to provide information regarding where and how to find available substance use related services to students, parents, and staff.

The designated individual(s) for the District is the District Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Any information provided by a student, parent, or staff member to the designated individual(s) will not be used in any school disciplinary proceeding and will, in addition to any other applicable privilege, be considered confidential in accordance with law.

Policy References:

20 USC §§ 6083(a), 7118, and 7973(a)
41 USC § 8101 et seq. 
Cannabis Law § 127
Civil Service Law § 75
Education Law §§ 409, 2801, 3020-a, and 3038
Labor Law § 201-d
Penal Law § 222.10
Public Health Law §§ 1399-n and 1399-o

NOTE:  Refer also to 
Policy 3410 - Code of Conduct 
Policy 5640 - Smoking, Tobacco, and Cannabis (Marijuana) Use
Policy 7320 - Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Other Substances (Students)
District Code of Conduct

Adopted: 6/22/99
Revised: 9/6/22, 2/28/23

Policy 6150