Reasonable Suspicion Justifies Drug Testing of Teacher

When a school district received reliable evidence that a teacher may be under the influence of drugs while on the job, it may command the teacher to submit to a drug test. If the teacher tests positive for drugs, the school district may terminate the teacher for violation of school district policy and immortality under Section 1122 of the Public School Code. Such was the case of teacher Timothy Metz, a tenured middle school physical education teacher at Bethlehem Area School District, who was terminated after he tested positive for cocaine. Metz was asked to submit to a drug test after the school district received a letter stating that he tested positive for cocaine metabolites in a court-ordered drug test. The court found that the district had reasonable submission to order an additional urinalysis drug test and, therefore, the termination was valid.

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