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.
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
- 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
- exclusion from school functions
- 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.