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USE POLICY

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Presentation Primary School is committed to addressing the needs of the whole school in relation to drugs. This policy has been drawn up and accepted by the principal, teachers, parent's representatives and Board of Management. It is necessary that all involved work together to implement this policy. It is vital that parents actively work with the school to implement this policy to ensure their children's health and safety.

In this policy
“Drug”means substance which changes the way the body functions, mentally, physically or emotionally.

Categories of drugs covered in the policy are:
Legal: This can include, but is not restricted to, tobacco, alcohol, solvents, prescription and over the counter drugs.

Illegal: All illegal drugs.

The school recognises that drugs, both legal and illegal are available in the local community, has an important role in terms of education, prevention, support and the handling of drug related incidents. According to Action 43 of the National Drugs Strategy, every school is required by law to have a substance use policy.

The School Ethos

As stated in the school's mission statement, Presentation Primary School is committed to enabling students to fulfil their academic, intellectual, moral, spiritual, social, cultural and physical potential. It also is committed to fostering the development of personal responsibility. This is the ethos which guides the School's SPHE Policy.

Where is the policy implemented?

The policy is implemented in the school building itself, in the school grounds and during school related activities.

To whom does the policy apply?

The policy applies to students, teachers, all school staff, parents, all users of and visitors to the school building.

When does it apply?

The policy applies during school times, during school related activities for children where the teacher has responsibility and at all times for other users of the school buildings e.g. committee meetings, users of the school hall etc.

AIMS OF THE POLICY:

1. The development of a framework for education concerning substance use
2. The development of a framework for the management of alcohol, tobacco and drug related incidences.
3. A provision for training and staff development and the planned use of outside expertise to support the staff and students.

A core committee was set up in 2009 to facilitate the working of this policy.
Names of Committee Members:
Maria Kiely: Principal
Suzanne Cronin: Post holder with responsibility for SPHE
Hugh Collins: BOM representative
Mary Kevany: Parent and BOM representative.



The policy is focused in four key areas:

1. Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education Programmes.
2. Managing Drug Related Incidents.
3. Training and Staff Development.
4. Monitoring, Review and Evaluation.





1. Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education Programmes:


Presentation Primary School is committed to providing an Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education Programme for all students.

Our educational aims are:

1. To increase the self esteem and confidence of our students.
2. To equip our students with personal and social skills.
3. To enable our students to make informed, healthy and responsible decisions.
4. To provide clear and age appropriate information on drugs.
4. To minimise the harm caused by drug abuse by supportive interventions.

These aims will be achieved in the following ways:

1. Student Drug Education:

SPHE Programme
under the Strand Unit: Taking Care of my Body and Safety and Protection using Walk Tall, Alive O etc. as resources.
Programme under the Strand Unit, Living Things

2. Outside speakers where appropriate to reinforce the work being done in school e.g. Gardaí.

3. A Health/Drug Policy Co-ordinator: A meeting was held in our school in November 2009 with members of the HSE, BOM and Staff Representatives to help with the drawing up of this policy.

4. Teachers are offered drug awareness training and have an extensive range of resources available to theme.g. Walk Tall Training and resources in the form of handbooks for each class with CD ROMs.

5. Parents are involved
through homework sheets for e.g. in the Walk Tall Programme which is taught to every class from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.leaflet rack in both the Junior and Senior School has important leaflets on drugs related issues.



2. Managing Drug Related Incidents:

OVER THE COUNTERSUBSTANCES:

Students do not have permission to bring “over the counter” medicines to school under any circumstances. (See administration of medicine policy).

Staff members are not permitted under any circumstances to give a child any “over the counter” medicine. If medicine needs to be taken during school hours, parents are obliged to come to the school and administer it to the child themselves.


PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:

Students do not have permission to bring prescribed medicines to school under any circumstances. (See administration of medicines policy). members are not permitted under any circumstances to give a child any prescribed medicine. If medicine needs to be taken during school hours, parents are obliged to come to the school and administer it to the child themselves


If a student has a medical condition, the school must be informed and certain procedures must be followed (See administration of medicines policy).

Students who have in their possession and take medical drugs in school for a long term illness e.g. diabetes, must have written permission from their parents outlining the procedure to be followed.


Solvents:

Cleaning agents will be stored in line with guidelines laid down in our Health and Safety Policy i.e. under lock and key in the cleaning cupboards.are not permitted to use substances such as tippex and tippex pens.

Tobacco:

The school is a smoke free zone in line with legislation. Should a child be found to be in possession of cigarettes they will be confiscated and parents will be informed.

Alcohol:

The school is an alcohol free zone.
If a child is found to be in possession of alcohol, it will be confiscated and parents will be notified. Should this behaviour continue, advice may be sought under child protection procedures.

Should a parent come to the school and appear to be under the influence of a substance, all reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of the child. Teachers need to report concerns to the Principal/DLP. The situation will be discussed with the parent and further action will be taken if necessary.

Should an employee of the Board of Management appear to be under the influence of a substance, appropriate action will be taken, taking into account the responsibility of the BOM and employment legislation.

Visitors to the school will be expected to uphold the ethos and policy of the school.


ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES:

If what appears to be an illegal substance is found in the school grounds, it will be removed by a member of staff and must be reported to the Gardai.

If it is brought to any staff member's attention that a child has what appears to be an illegal substance in their possession it has to be reported to the Gardai. Parents/Guardians will be notified.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AS LAID DOWN IN OUR CODE OF BEHAVIOUR WILL BE ADHERED TO WHEN DEALING WITH DRUGS RELATED ISSUES.



3. TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT:


Staff needs will be assessed and they be will be facilitated to attend suitable ongoing training as the need arises e.g. courses run by Cork Education Centre etc.staff will also avail of training as provided by the Dept. of Education and Science.Courses are also run by Walk Tall and staff will be encouraged to avail of them.

local Support Services include: Juvenile Liaison Officers, Gardaí, HSE and Other Community Based Groups.

Fermoy Community Drugs Initiative,Resource Centre, Curtain St.
Martina Munnelly (025) 51887 or (087) 6096874.

Arbour House,
Finbarr's Hospital,
Douglas Rd.
Cork
Arbour House has a Polish Counsellor.
useful websites:

Some Useful Websites:

"http://www.walktall.ie"
www.srdtf.ie (Southern Region Drugs and Task Force)
www.drugandalcohol.ie
www.healthpromotion.ie
www.nacd.ie (National Advisory Committee on Drugs)
www.hrb.ie (Health Research Board)


4.MONITORING, REVIEW AND EVALUATION:


The post holder with responsibility for SPHE will monitor the policy every year to ensure that it is of practical benefit to the school and will report to the principal.

The areas of:
1 Drug Education programmes
2 Managing Drug Related Incidents
3 Staff Training
will be reviewed.

Copies of this policy will be available to all staff and parents and can be found in the principal's office and on the schools website.



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