Drug Policy

Willetton Senior High School aims to provide an environment which fosters the development of intellectual and creative potential, physical and emotional health and social responsibility.

Definition

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.

Rationale

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

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
  • Misuse prescribed or over-the-counter 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.

Prevention

  • Willetton SHS has a compulsory Health Education Program for Years 7 to 10 students and Health Studies is available by choice in Years 11 and 12. The drug education component includes knowledge, attitudes, values clarification and decision-making skills.
  • Willetton SHS acknowledges the need for parent education on drug issues and provides programs to inform and empower parents eg Parent Drug Awareness Evenings.

Willetton SHS has a Student Services 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.

The Student Services team comprises of:

  • Deputy Principal
  • Student Services Manager
  • Year Coordinators
  • Program Coordinator
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Chaplain
  • Psychologist
  • Students at Educational Risk (SAER) staff

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.
  • Willetton SHS 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 their 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
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the School Nurse if they have concerns regarding their child needing to take medication at school

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

Status

This policy is consistent with the State Government policy framework in relation to drug use as outlined by the Western Australian Strategy against Drug Abuse.

Useful Contacts

Willetton Senior High School

(08) 9334 7200

Local Community Drug Services Team

(08) 9452 1033

Alcohol and Drug Information Service

(08) 9442 5000

Toll-free 1800 198 024

Parent Drug Information Service

(08) 9442 5050