According to the Department of Education and Children’s Services, in the event of a suspected drug-related incident:
- The safety and wellbeing of students will be considered paramount
- Parents will be contacted in instances of possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or the illegal distribution of unsanctioned drugs
- Police will be informed in instances of possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or the illicit drugs and/or the illegal distribution of unsanctioned drugs
Schools are not authorised to conduct drug tests or to insist they can be conducted as a condition of re-entry following a suspension or exclusion. Where principals believe there is a need to conduct a search to investigate a suspected drug related incident, police should be contacted to do so.
This policy applies to all Government schools though independent and Catholic schools have been encouraged to adopt the same approach.
See further our Young People and Drugs factsheet.
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