403.7 - Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

Employees who operate school vehicles classified as “commercial motor vehicles” by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and are required to possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate those vehicles, are subject to drug and alcohol testing.  A “commercial motor vehicle” is a vehicle that transports sixteen or more persons including the driver or has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.  For purposes of the drug and alcohol testing program, the term “employees” includes applicants who have been offered a position to operate a commercial motor vehicle owned by the school.

Employees or employee applicants that will operate a school vehicle as described above are subject to pre-employment drug testing prior to being allowed to perform a safety sensitive function using the school vehicle.  In addition, employees will be subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol testing at the expense of the employer.  Employees operating school vehicles will not perform a safety-sensitive function within four hours of using alcohol.  Employees governed by this policy are subject to the drug and alcohol testing program beginning the first day they operate or are offered a position to operate school vehicles and continue to be subject to the drug and alcohol testing program as long as they may be required to perform a safety-sensitive function as it is defined in the administrative regulations.  Employees with questions about the drug and alcohol testing program may contact the school district superintendent, 1207 1st Street West (319) 334-7400, transportation director, 1812 Mustang Way Dr (319) 334-7435 and/or school nurse, 1103 1st Street West (319) 334-7425, Independence, IA 50644.

Employees who violate the terms of this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination at the discretion of the school district.  The district is required to keep a record of all drug or alcohol violations by employees for a minimum of five years.  Employees are put on notice that information related to drug or alcohol violations will be reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse.  Additionally, the district will conduct FMCSA Clearinghouse queries for employees annually.  Employees must provide written consent for the district to conduct FMCSA Clearinghouse queries; however, employees who choose to withhold consent will be prohibited from performing any safety sensitive functions.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy in compliance with the law.  The superintendent will inform applicants of the requirement for drug and alcohol testing in notices or advertisements for employment.

The superintendent will also be responsible for publication and dissemination of this policy and its supporting administrative regulations and forms to employees operating school vehicles.  The superintendent will also oversee a substance-free awareness program to educate employees about the dangers of substance abuse and notify them of available substance abuse treatment resources and programs.

IASB Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (IDATP) Web site: 



Legal Reference:  American Trucking Association, Inc., v. Federal Highway Administration, 51 Fed. 3rd 405 (4th Cir. 1995).
                                    49 U.S.C. §§ 5331 et seq.
                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 12101
                                    41 U.S.C. §§ 81
                                    49 C.F.R. Pt. 40; 382; 391.
                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 85
                                    Local 301, Internat'l Assoc. of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, and City of Burlington,
                                      PERB No. 3876 (3-26-91).
                                    Iowa Code §§ 124; 279.8; 321.375(2); 730.5

Cross Reference:  403.6   Substance-Free Workplace
                                    409.2   Employee Leave of Absence

Approved 11/1/2004                             Reviewed 11/19/2007                           Revised 10/22/2005  
                                                                                  11/21/2011                                       01/23/2017
                                                                                  09/21/2020                                         09/21/202