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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-40.1


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

A. Purpose

EAP is a personal and confidential counseling service for school board employees and their immediate families. It is designed to help resolve personal and job-related problems that could have a detrimental impact on job performance.

B. Types of Referrals

There are two types of referrals to EAP: (1) Voluntary (informal) referrals that utilize the program services as a result of the employee's or employee family member's direct inquiry and do not require recommendation of Virginia Beach City Public Schools; (2) Principal/administrative staff (formal) referral-referrals that are made to the program by a principal or administrative staff member of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

C. Confidentiality

EAP provides complete confidentiality for employees and their family members. If the employee or employee's family member requests the service on his/her own volition, information will not be relayed back to Virginia Beach City Public Schools unless the individual being treated is a threat to himself/herself or other individuals. If a principal or the administrative designee/representative makes a direct (formal) referral to the program, the program coordinator will inform the principal or administrative staff member that the employee attended the session and plans for continued follow-up care. In order to assure this privacy right, an authorization to release information will be obtained from the employee by EAP.

D. Availability of Services

EAP services are available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week and twelve (12) months of the year. The Benefits Office will administer this program.

Approved by Superintendent: January 18, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: December 13, 2002