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Providing Prescription Medications to Students May Be “Good and Just Cause” For Termination

In the case of Hiss v. Perkins Local Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ., 2019-Ohio-3703, an Ohio appellate court held that providing prescription medication to students in violation of school board policy was “good and just cause” for termination.

In this case, the teacher was accused of supplying prescription pain-relief patches to several student-athletes, which was in violation of school board policy. As a result, the school board voted to terminate the teacher’s contract after conclusion of R.C. 3319.16 termination proceedings. In response, the teacher appealed the termination decision arguing that there was not “good and just cause” for termination as the teacher had permission from the student’s parents to provide the patches.

The Ohio appellate court disagreed with the teacher and held that providing prescription medicine to students in violation of school board policy was a “fairly serious matter” that justifies good and just cause for termination under R.C. 3319.16.

To read this case, click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is always changing like the Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.


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