Hallett Cove School is a Health Promoting School
Hallett Cove School is a health Promoting School and we take a strong stance against drug use. It is important that our school community is aware that there will be serious consequences for any student involved with illegal drugs, solvents, tobacco or alcohol while on the school premises, while on a school excursion or when representing the school (Representing the school also includes anytime in school uniform such as going to and from school). Our policy has been developed from the principles of the ‘DECD Drug Strategy – Intervention Matters’ which includes drug prevention via explicit teaching of the Health Education curriculum, open communication with parents and families and counselling strategies to support students to be successful during their return to school life.
Involvement With Illegal Drugs Involves:
- The use of illegal drugs (this includes alcohol and solvents)
- The possession of illegal drugs
- The possession of instruments used with illegal drugs
- Being present when illegal drugs are being used by other students
Consequences for Involvement with Illegal Drugs:
In all cases parents/caregivers are contacted and asked to collect their son/daughter. Students will be suspended, or may be excluded, and are expected to meet strict re-entry conditions before returning to school. The police will also be informed and will be involved. Students will also be monitored, counselled and supported during their transition back into school.
The Hallett Cove School also takes a strong stance against non-illegal drugs. The use of tobacco on school premises, while on a school excursion or when representing the school will result in consequences (again representing the school includes anytime in school uniform such as going to and from school).
Other non-illegal drugs include prescription drugs, painkillers (such as panadol) and other "over the counter" medications. Parents are asked to negotiate a medical plan with our first aid staff who will store medications in a locked facility and dispense them according to the medical plan. There will be consequences for students in possession of non-illegal drugs.
Also, while there are currently no consequences outside our normal behaviour management plan, we discourage students from drinking caffeine based soft drinks. These drinks are marketed as energy drinks and are now widely available. The health issues associated with caffeine based soft drinks are sleep disruption, loss of appetite, and hyperactivity that may affect concentration, behaviour and performance in class.
For a First Offence:
- the student will receive two lunchtime detentions
- parents/caregivers will be notified
For a Second Offence:
- the student will be suspended
- parents/caregivers will be notified and a re-entry meeting arranged
For a Third Offence:
- The student will be suspended for up to 5 days on the grounds of wilful and persistent disobedience.
- Parents/caregivers will be notified immediately and asked to collect their son/daughter.
- Again, students will also be monitored, counselled and supported during their transition back into school.
Identification of Drug Use
Each instance of drug possession will be treated individually and independently depending on the circumstances at the time and the individuals concerned.
Staff have responsibilities for the health, welfare and safety of the students in their care. The following procedures should be followed if a teacher suspects there has been some form of drug abuse:
- The teacher will contact the Front Office immediately.
- The suspicion is to be reported promptly to the Principal, or Deputy/Assistant Principal who together with the Year Level Manager or Student Counsellor will determine the appropriate action to be taken.
- The student(s) involved in drug related incidents will work with the school counsellor(s) on a program aimed at preventing further incidents.