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 also included in the school drug policy.

  • Willetton Senior High School 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 Senior High School 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 Strategies 

  •  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.
  • Acknowledgement of the need for parent education on drug issues and programs to inform and empower parents such as parent drug awareness evenings or other avenues of information dissemination.
  • All staff have access to professional development in drug-related areas.
  • 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
  • Recognition that a range of inventions is 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 

  • Are a reflection of 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 their 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.
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the School Nurse if they have concerns regarding their child having to take medication at school.