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Audience: Human Resources

Re:       CHANGE TO DRUG TESTING REGULATIONS AS OF JANUARY 1,

2018

 

Beginning January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing drug testing panel currently issued to MCUSD staff in safety-sensitive positions, you will now also be tested for four semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).  Some common names for these semi-synthetic opioids include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, Exalgo®.

      If you test positive for any of the semi-synthetic opioid drugs, then as with any other drug test result that is confirmed by the laboratory, the Medical Review Officer (MRO) will conduct an interview with you to determine if there is a legitimate medical explanation for the result.  If you have a valid prescription, you should provide it to the MRO, who will determine if the prescription is valid.  If a legitimate medical explanation is established, the MRO will report the result to your employer as a ‘negative’.  If not, the MRO will report the result to your employer as ‘positive’. 

      As it has been the requirement in the past, when your employer receives a ‘positive’ drug test result, your employer is to immediately remove you from performing safety-sensitive functions and provide you with a list of qualified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) available in your area. In order to return to performing safety-sensitive functions for any DOT-regulated employer, you must complete the return-to-duty process that will include an evaluation by a SAP, who will require education and/or treatment. The SAP will determine if you successfully completed the prescribed education and/or treatment. Before an employer could return you to safety-sensitive work, the employer must get a negative result on a directly observed return-to-duty drug test.  After you return to safety-sensitive work, you must be subject to directly observed follow-up testing for 12-60 months depending on the SAP’s recommendations.

What should I tell my prescribing physician?

      If you are taking any prescription medications, consider this to be a reminder to have a conversation with your prescribing physician to discuss your safety-sensitive work.  Be proactive in ensuring that your prescribing physician knows what type of transportation-related safety-sensitive work you currently perform.  For example, don’t just provide a job title but describe your exact job function(s) or ask your employer for a detailed description of your job function that you can give to your prescribing physician.  This is important information for your prescribing physician to consider when deciding whether and what medication to prescribe for you.  It is important for you to know whether your medications could impact your ability to safely perform your transportation-related work.         

Will the MRO report my prescribed medication use/medical information to a third party?

     Historically, the DOT’s regulation required the MRO to report your medication use/medical information to a third party (e.g. your employer, health care provider responsible for your medical qualifications, etc.), if the MRO determines in his/her reasonable medical judgement that you may be medically unqualified according to DOT Agency regulations, or if your continued performance is likely to pose a significant safety risk.  The MRO may report this information even if the MRO verifies your drug test result as ‘negative’.

     As of January 1, 2018, prior to the MRO reporting your information to a third party you will have up to five days to have your prescribing physician contact the MRO.  You are responsible for facilitating the contact between the MRO and your prescribing physician.  Your prescribing physician should be willing to state to the MRO that you can safely perform your safety-sensitive functions while taking the medication(s), or consider changing your medication to one that does not make you medically unqualified or does not pose a significant safety risk.

NOTE:   This document informally summarizes some of the effects of recent changes to the Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs that are important for transportation employees, but it should not be relied upon to determine legal compliance with those procedures.

 

(Information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, December 2017)

BP/AR 4112.42: Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers

 

 

 

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 2/9/18




Audience: Human Resources

You may have heard of Pregnancy Disability Leave, Family Medical Leave, and the California Family Rights Act. Here is a great informational link from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing:

https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/resources/frequently-asked-questions/employment-faqs/pregnancy-disability-leave-faqs/pdl-cfra-fmla-guide/

Please contact Human Resources with your questions regarding these leave options.

 

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 1/5/18




Audience: Vicki Bustos, Homepage, Assessment & Accountability, Business Services, Contact Us, Cyber Safety, Cyber Safety for Kids, Departments, Educational Services, Food Service, hidden1, hidden2, Human Resources, Internships, Job Descriptions, K-12 Publisher Resources, Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten, Maintenance and Operations, Parent Resources, School Board, Special Education, Special Projects, Student Services, Substitute Employment, Superintendent, Support Svcs, Teacher Resources, Technology, Transportation and Warehouse

All offices are currently closed, due to the Detwiler fire. It is anticipated that normal operations will resume on Monday, July 24, 2017.

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Posted by: Vicki Bustos
Published: 7/20/17




Audience: Human Resources

School Bus Driver Training Course

  

When:      July 10 – July 14, 2017

                 

Where:     MCUSD Transportation Office

 

Agenda:   07/10/17 – 08:30 am – 2:30 pmUnits 1, 2, 3

                07/11/17 – 08:30 am – 2:30 pm - Units 3, 4, 5

                07/12/17 – 08:30 am – 2:30 pm - Units 5, 6, 7

                07/13/17 – 08:30 am – 2:30 pm - Units 8, 9, 10

                07/14/17 – 08:30 am – 2:30 pm - Units 11, 12, Final

               

 

This course also meets the requirements for:

Renewal : Units 2,3,5,6,7,8 & 10

Annual Training : All Units

 

If you have any question please contact Tom Audas at 742-0275 x1317

 

 

 

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 7/3/17




Audience: Human Resources

School Bus Drivers Wanted

 

Mariposa County Unified School District is recruiting School Bus Drivers.  Driving a school bus is much different from driving a car or a truck.  Special skills and judgments are necessary. To become a school bus driver, you must know many things about the pupil transportation system in California and about the plan that has been devised in California to ensure safe transportation of pupils. The school bus driver course that you will be required to take was prepared especially for school bus drivers, not for truck drivers or automobile drivers.  Through this course you will become a professional driver.  Upon successful completion of both the classroom and behind-the-wheel training course, you will be prepared to take the state-required examinations necessary to obtain the California Special Driver’s Certificate which is required to drive a school bus.

 

The course requirements are a minimum of 40 hours of instruction. The 40 hours is broken down to a minimum of 20 hours of classroom training and a minimum of 20 hours of Behind-the-wheel training.

 

You will need to obtain a Class B commercial license permit from the DMV.  This requires written tests on general knowledge for both regular & commercial driver, air brakes and passenger endorsement.  You also must complete a commercial driver’s physical.  The cost of a driver physical is usually between $100 and $125 depending upon the physician.  The DMV fee for a Class B commercial license permit is $67.

 

Upon completion of the course, you will be required to pass a written and driving test with the California Highway Patrol.  The CHP process is to complete a Certificate Application Form, turn in an H-6 from the DMV (10 year driving history), turn in a completed DMV Physical Examination Form and be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.  When that is complete, they will administer the written and driving tests.  You will also be required to pass a written test on First Aide.  CHP fees are $57.

 

When you have obtained your Special Certificate to drive a school bus, you will need to apply with Mariposa County Unified School District for employment.  MCUSD also requires that you be fingerprinted for a criminal background check (no fee required).  They also require a TB Test and a Pre-employment Drug test.  Most school bus driving positions at MCUSD are between 5 and 6 hours with a few driving positions at 7 to 8 hours.  Currently, the starting salary for a school bus driver is $14.99 per hour.

 

If you are interested in taking the course to become a school bus driver, please contact

 

Tom Audas

Transportation Trainer

Mariposa County Unified School District

P.O. Box 8, Mariposa, Ca 95338

Phone: 742-0275 x1317

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 7/3/17




Audience: Human Resources

As a Reminder, during the summer months, job vacancies will be advertised in the Mariposa Gazette, posted on the Personnel Webpage (www.mariposa.k12.ca.us/employment) and posted at the District Office. 

 

Certificated openings are also posted on Ed Join which can be accessed by visiting www.edjoin.org.  Employees who may be interested in openings are encouraged to check these sources. 

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 5/25/17




Audience: Human Resources

Are you interested in taking one or both of our employment eligibility tests, but having it closer to home would work better for you? Please follow this link and take a survey that will help us schedule it.

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 5/25/17




Audience: Human Resources

Please take our survey if you are interested in taking a workshop to find out how to earn a substitute credential.

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 2/3/17




Audience: Human Resources

The final Mariposa Storytelling Festival is coming to town March 10-12, 2017.

Dominican University is offering one unit of credit for attending the Mariposa Storytelling Festival this year. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

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Posted by: JoEllen Tilton
Published: 1/30/17