Truth and Courtesy
An Independent Public School
Inspire to Aspire
Drug use is a complex issue and drug use problems result from a combination of many contributing factors that affect the welfare and educational prospects of students.
It is recognised that our society is a drug taking one and that some drugs are legal and socially acceptable.
This policy aims to contribute to a positive, healthy and caring school environment in which students can achieve their full potential and develop interpersonal skills that will help them face challenges both in and out of school.
At the same time we recognise the school's limitations on affecting drug use out of the school environment and the necessity to work with parents and community groups to minimise the harm to students.
A harm reduction approach is the primary focus of this policy and is recommended by the Department of Education, the WA Health Department, and the National Task Force on Drug Education.
Abstinence is the preferred harm reduction option, although we recognise the need to take the necessary action to reduce the risk and harm faced by those using drugs whilst ensuring that this does not encourage or normalise drug use.
The policy is designed to conform to current Department of Education and legal requirements.
A complete copy of the Mount Lawley Senior High School Drug Policy can be obtained the from school.
For the purposes of this document, a drug shall be defined as:
"Any substance, with the exception of food and water, which when taken into the body alters its function physically and/or psychologically"
This definition includes all drugs (eg. analgesics, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, amphetamines).
Solvents (also called volatile substances eg. glue and petrol sniffing), while not classified as drugs, are included in the Mount Lawley SHS Drug Policy.
Pharmaceutical products, both prescription and over the counter products are also included in the Mount Lawley SHS Drug Policy.
The Mount Lawley SHS Drug Policy will provide a whole school approach to the issue of drug use which involves education, counselling and appropriate disciplinary and legal action as required.
Mount Lawley Senior High School does not permit students, while on school premises or at a school function to:
We note that 'while on school premises or at a school function' includes a student travelling to and from school, a school camp, excursion, an organised function such as a social, concert, dinner, school ball, dance, at nearby facilities during the time when a student should be at school, etc.
While on school premises, students should self administer prescribed medicines or other products, but if support is necessary contact the School Nurse and the appropriate forms to be completed.
Refer to Administration of Medication Policy (Education Department 2012) for guidelines on the administration of prescribed and over the counter medications.
The supply of prescription medicines to another student is considered a breach of the Drug Policy.
Over the counter products, including Panadol, aspirin, vitamins and such like should not be supplied to other students and the provisions of the Drug Policy apply.
Mount Lawley Senior High School recognises that punishment often ignores the cause of drug use.
Our policy recognises that punishment alone is inadequate unless supported by relevant education and counselling.
Students involved in incidents of drug use at school:
In a situation where behaviours indicate possible health and safety risks to the student and/or others:
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Mount Lawley Senior High School aims to maximise the enjoyment of learning and achievement for all students within a compassionate and democratic school culture, encouraging them to be responsible, creative and engaged lifelong learners.
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Western Australia 6050
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