Sir John Adamson High School is committed to providing its learners with a holistic education which equips them with the values and life skills to face the challenges of life and to contribute meaningfully to the broader community. We believe that the abuse of drugs and alcohol is a danger to the physical and spiritual well-being of our learners and is counter-productive to the values, aims and activities of the entire school community.
The intention of the drug policy is to establish and promote adherence to certain standards of behaviour and general conduct. The school undertakes to do the following on an ongoing basis:
- present prevention and information sessions
- involve outside organisations and individuals on a consultation basis as part of a support programme and team approach.
- to employ disciplinary action that will be just and fair.
- to ensure that discretion will be used to safeguard the confidentiality of the learner and family.
- to evaluate this policy and adapt it when necessary.
- to reserve the right to recommend that, if in the interest of the learner and school, such learners will be asked to leave the school.
Agreement to abide by the spirit and terms of this policy as part of the general Code of Conduct of the school is a fundamental condition for acceptance into the school and for participation in all its programmes and activities.
PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH DRUG ABUSE
SUSPICION OF DRUG ABUSE
- Learners who are identified as possible drug users by councillors or educators, must be referred to the relevant HOD / Deputy Principal or the Principal. Such learners may be identified by showing symptoms such as anti-social behaviour, a sudden drop in marks and performance, sudden behaviour changes, or physical symptoms (red eyes, dilated pupils, etc.).
- The Head of Department/ Deputy Principal or the Principal must interview the learner in order to verify the observations of the Educator.
- Should the Head of Department/Deputy Principal (in consultation with the Principal) or Principal decide that a drug test is necessary it will be carried out at school.
PROCEDURE FOR TESTING
- Learners will be subjected to a drug test as soon as reasonable suspicion is established and verified by HOD/Deputy Principal or Principal.
- Parents of such learners will be contacted without delay.
- Testing will be done by the school, on the school premises, or any accredited agencies or professional bodies.
- The Head of Department/Deputy Principal or the Principal as well as the learner and his/her Parents must be informed of the results of testing.
FIRST TIME OFFENDERS FOR POSSESSION OR USE OF DRUGS
Confirmed cases of drug abuse or drug possession will be dealt with as follows:
After consultation with the Principal, the Parents/Guardian and the learner will be required to sign acceptance of terms and conditions of the drug abuse contract.
SECOND TIME OFFENDERS FOR POSSESSION OR USE OF ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES
After consultation with the Principal and the Governing Body, the matter will be handed over to the drug squad (police).
THIRD TIME OFFENDERS FOR POSSESSION OR USE OF DRUGS
Parents will be advised to remove the learner from school. Should this advice not be taken, the necessary steps will be taken in order to recommend to the higher authorities that the learner should be excluded from the School.
VOLUNTARY CONFESSION OF POSSESSION OF OR ILLEGAL USE OF SUBSTANCES
- A learner who approaches an educator for assistance with a drug abuse problem will be required to sign a written confession. This confession is to be countersigned by the learner’s parents and must be made available to the Principal.
- In the event of a learner subsequently being found guilty of the use of drugs or the possession of illegal substances, such an offence will be treated as a second offence.
DEALING IN DRUGS
A learner suspected of or caught dealing in, pushing or selling drugs will be immediately handed over to the Drug Squad / Police for further investigation. A disciplinary hearing will be held and should any such learner be found guilty by a court of law, the School will have no alternative but to recommend to the Higher Authorities that such a learner be excluded permanently from our School.
- The school, in association with accredited professionals and organisations, will assist learners with abuse and dependency problems in establishing a programme of self help and rehabilitation. All assistance shall be provided in a manner which is consistent with accepted professional ethics and codes of conduct, which honours the dignity and rights of the child, which recognises parental responsibility, and which serves the best interest of the school as a whole.
- Both the learner and the parents/guardian are expected to read and clearly understand the contents before signing acceptance of this policy on enrolment at the school. The school reserves the right to make amendments to the Drug Policy as and when necessary.