Drug Usage and Education
We believe Australian culture reflects, like many other Western cultures an increasingly drug orientated lifestyle. We cannot ignore the fact that our students will be exposed to drugs of various kinds during their schooling and beyond. It is our responsibility to educate our students in this regard and to provide a safe environment for them whilst they are under our care.
We will support parents and students in the safe management of prescribed medication. To do so the school needs to be informed when a student is taking medication during school hours.
Where long term medical or allergic conditions, requiring medication exist, the family doctor should provide directions in writing through the parents, per the appropriate form as to the nature of the drug and its appropriate use. Photos and medical information of students with long term medical or allergic conditions will be displayed in a prominent position and all staff will be made aware of these.
Analgesics will only be given with written permission of the parent. Instances of this will be recorded for future reference. Children who are identified as asthmatics should provide the school with an Asthma Management Plan provided by their family doctor.
- Children in R-2 must leave labelled medication in the front office.
- Students in years 3-7 may manage their own medication with supervision of their teacher.
Inappropriate Use of Drugs
The school policy does not allow students to do any of the following while on the school grounds or participating in any school activity:
- the possession or use of prohibited drugs
- the inappropriate use of prescribed or over-the-counter medicines
- the inappropriate use of solvents or other chemical agents
- the consumption of alcoholic beverages
- the smoking of tobacco or other drugs
- the possession of drug related objects, such as syringes, pipes or 'bongs'
The school also prohibits the possession, sale, supply, exchange or negotiation in relation to any of the above when on the school premises or on any other occasion when the staff of the school have responsibility for an individual or group of students.
If any of the rules above are breached, the following actions will be taken:
- Parent Notification: Parents are notified as soon as possible to allow them to help with interviews, again confidentiality is important to help families.
- Incident Investigation:
This is carried out at school by the Principal.
Parents are involved at this stage.
- District Superintendent of Education Notification (illegal substance)
The District Superintendent of Education must be notified should an incident at school occur.
- Police Notification: (illegal substance)
By law and Education Department guidelines we are required to inform the local police.
- Police Interviews: Should the police need to interview children parents will be notified and can be present, arrangements can be made to conduct these at home or at school.
- Suspension: Depending on the seriousness of the situation and the type of substance abuse, and the particular circumstances, the school maybe required to suspend the child. This can also allow time for families to discuss the situation, set up interviews and seek professional help and counselling.
This should not be necessarily last on the list as it is probably the most important part of the whole process.
Time should be set aside for families and the child to receive professional counselling through Substance Abuse Counsellor at the Community Health Centre in Berri.
The school will also support in this area.
Education Regulations provide that the Principal or authorised delegate may search the bags, lockers and other possessions of students only when there is reasonable cause for suspicion.
Searches of the person or of property when possession of drugs is suspected are conducted by police officers.
School Camps and Excursion - After Hours Activities
The School Drug Policy applies when students and staff are involved in official school camps and excursions or after hours activities (eg sleepover)
The school has a preventive health program which aims to promote positive health and lifestyle behaviours. This is part of the Health and PE courses.
The Drug Strategy program will be exposed to all students in all year levels each year.
The program consists of factual information, attitude/values clarification and skills development, appropriate to the age of the students, concerning the use of drugs including:
- the socially approved recreational drugs,
- namely alcohol,
- nicotine, caffeine and
- energy supplement drinks
- legal medications, both prescribed and over the counter
- prohibited substances
Resources which can be utilised include:
- Drug Education Teacher Support Package - Life Education Van (Bi-annually)
- Mind Matters
The preventive health program will be modified from time to time in accordance with social changes, school community wishes and parent input.
- Drug and Alcohol Service
- Life Education Centre
- Parent Help Line
- Kids Help Line
- Local Doctors and Hospitals