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The school forbids the supply and misuse of prescription or illegal drugs by staff and students in the school environment or when staff and students are involved in activities under the jurisdiction of the school.

In all cases, each incident will be treated on its own merits and the commitment of Hamilton Junior High School to work in the best interests of individual students remains a guiding value.  However some situations will require the department of a student from school.



To protect all students from drug abuse and possible addiction.


         i.            ‘Drugs’ as used in this policy means the improper or illegal use of any chemical substance, which may be harmful to health and well-being.

       ii.            A medicine is a legal chemical substance which provides benefits to health.  A particular substance may therefore be either a drug or medicine depending on the circumstance of use.  This policy relates to ‘drugs’ and not ‘medicine’.

      iii.            Other chemicals eg: petrol and other solvents, are well known to cause harm to health under some circumstances, but may be legally and properly used in other circumstances.  This policy relates to the improper and illegal use (abuse) of such substances.

     iv.            Since drugs are available within the wider community, Hamilton Junior High School will provide programmes to help students avoid and prevent the misuse of such substances.  Drug education will be taught as part of a comprehensive health education programme consistent with the Health and Physical Education curriculum.

       v.            Professional help, either from school counsellors or outside agencies will be available for any member of the school community with drug related problems.  CareNZ provides a Drug and Alcohol counselling service to our school.

     vi.            If a student is caught in possession of drugs/alcohol at school or in a school related activity, or there is a suspicion by staff that a student is under the influence of drugs/alcohol or has been using drugs/alcohol, then they shall be reported immediately to the Senior Leadership Team.

    vii.            Given the circumstances the student must be escorted to the Senior Leadership Team by a staff member.

  viii.            The Senior Leadership Team member will talk to the student and given the severity of the situation, will contact the students parent/caregiver/guardian.

Guidelines for phoning parent/caregiver/guardian include:

a)      Student found in possession of drugs.

b)      Student caught taking drugs or in a group taking drugs.

c)      Suspicion that the student has been using drugs or was in possession of drugs/alcohol.

d)      Symptoms that the student is under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

e)      Concern over the students immediate health/well-being.  If there is concern over the students immediate health/well-being, then an ambulance will be called.

     ix.            The school will utilise the Drug Dog Service to ensure the environment is kept safe.

       x.            The Principal is notified.

     xi.            Students found with or under the influence of forbidden substances will face action which may include one or more of the following:

a)      Parental/caregiver/whanau consultation.

b)      Education and health advice.

c)      Personal counselling.

d)      Sanctions limiting involvement with peer groups and/or school activities.

e)      Behaviour contracts.

f)        Referral to outside agencies for counselling and/or rehabilitation.

g)      Time out from school/stand down.

h)      Suspension.

i)        Referral to Police.

Factors to be considered when deciding on an action include:

a)      Repetition of the offence.

b)      Group involvement.

c)      Dealing.

d)      Attitude and level of co-operation within the school.



This policy is reviewed as part of the Board’s Review Cycle.

Date of Approval __________________________________________________

Chairperson _________________________________________________