DRUGS

A drug is defined as any substance, with the exception of food and water, which when taken into the body, alters its function physically and/or psychologically. The policy includes all drugs, such as analgesics, alcohol, cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, and tobacco. Solvents (also called volatile substances) are included in the school drug policy.

  • WSHS acknowledges that drug use is a complex issue, with a potential for physical, social, and psychological consequences.
  • Our policy aims to promote a whole school focus on drug education in order to reduce drug-related harm on the individual and the community.
  • We recognise the effects of outside influences such as media, peers, and family on a student’s decision regarding drug use. The school aims to provide a range of intervention and prevention strategies to assist students make informed decisions concerning drug use.

In accordance with WA government regulations, Willetton SHS is a smoke-free zone for students, staff, and visitors at all times.

Student Responsibilities

Whether on the way to and from school, on school premises, or at off-site school functions, students will not;

  • consume alcohol
  • smoke tobacco products
  • deliberately inhale solvents
  • use illegal drugs
  • possess, supply, or sell tobacco, alcohol, other drugs, or drug-related equipment
  • knowingly be in the presence of others who are in breach of this policy
  • use vapour cigarettes or alternative smoking devices with or without nicotine

Prevention

  • WSHS has a compulsory Health Education Program for Year 7 to 10 students, and Health Studies is available in Years 11 and 12. The drug education component includes knowledge, attitudes, values clarification, and decision-making skills
  • WSHS has a health committee which maintains close links with the community-based Willetton and District Local Drug Action Group. These groups work cooperatively to develop strategies to address the effects of drug use in the school and local community.
  • WSHS acknowledges the need for parent education of drug issues and provides programs to inform and empower parents such as parent drug awareness evenings
  • WSHS ensures that all staff have access to professional development in drug-related areas.
  • WSHS has a Student Service team to provide pastoral care within the school. Students, staff, and parents may access any member of the team for confidential support and referrals on drug-related issues.

Drug Incident Procedure - Parents will be notified of all drug-related incidents. 

  • The first response to a suspected drug-related incident will be to ensure the student’s immediate safety and to organise first aid if necessary.
  • Any student coming forward with information relevant to drug use and potential harm to friends or peers will be treated with positive discretion
  • WSHS recognises a range of interventions are required to achieve an effective outcome. Students involved in drug-related incidents will be offered relevant education and counselling.
  • Students not complying with this policy may be subject to the following;
    • loss of recess or lunchtime
    • detention
    • exclusion from school functions
    • suspension

Interventions 

  • These interventions reflect the school ethos of zero tolerance of inappropriate drug use.
  • Police will be notified of any students found to be supplying, possessing, or under the influence of an illegal drug.
  • Any confiscated illegal drugs will be handed to the police for disposal.
  • During suspension periods, students will be offered counselling sessions with an appropriate support agency.
  • Prior to recommencing classes, suspended students will meet with a member of the Student Services Team to review the student’s school responsibilities.
  • Students on prescribed medication are encouraged, where possible, to take their medication at home.
  • If medications are to be taken at school, sufficient medication for one day only is to be carried and may be left in Student Services.
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the School Nurse if they have concerns regarding their child having to take medication at school.

Useful Contacts

Willetton Senior High School                                                              (08) 9334 7200

South East Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Services                 (08) 9267 2400

Parent and Family Drug Support Line                                                (08) 9442 5050