Just say, NO!
The month of March and April 2016 saw the launch at school of the campaign: Just say, NO!, which was presented during year-group meetings of pupils s1 to s6. The campaign has two main objectives:
- Reminding our pupils of the school and country regulations on smoking, drinking and drugs, while also encouraging them to be proactive in denouncing cases in school when they see, or are solicited to break the rules;
- Presenting to pupils the dangers of smoking, drinking and cannabis, with particular stress on the impact that these vices have on the pupils’ health, well-being, memory and motivation, in their personal and school life.
The presentations have been made available in the staff area of the school site, and teachers can make reference to them, as they deem necessary.
Under the same initiative, the Art Department has taken aboard this theme with the idea of initiating a competition that will produce a mascot poster for this campaign, which we hope to be a permanent feature of our school life.
The campaign is overall intended to generate a debate at school that will result in:
- Heightened consciousness of all partners, particularly pupils, that school should be considered and kept a drug, smoking and drinking-free environment, and this enforced by clear regulations, known by everyone.
- Conscious and sound awareness of the scientifically proven harmful effects smoking, alcohol and drugs have on the human body in general, and on that of a teenager in particular.
Other actions that are already in place at school:
- From the past several years the school has encouraged the class teachers of s1-4 to register their classes in the Non-Smoking Challenge – an initiative of the Cancer Foundation, Luxembourg. All teachers wishing to register their classes receive full information and literature. The campaign forecasts that the class or subject teachers mention at least once a week with their pupils the need to stay non-smoking for 6 months. Many teachers, in several sections, have registered their classes in this campaign.
- The school’s Internal Rules and the Memorandum to the Parents clearly state the position of school against smoking, alcohol and drugs. Internal Rules are available to everyone, and class teachers are requested that during the first two lessons of the first day, the Internal Rules are discussed with the pupils.
- All our s3 classes pass each year through a mandatory campaign in October, called Extra-tour Sucht, and that lasts for three days. This is an anti-addiction campaign, and includes drugs, alcohol and smoking.
- On the school site there are forms to complete in the case of a pupil in danger. This includes a form for the cases when an adult in our community has a suspicion that a child is consuming drugs. It is open to any adult.
- The school's education advisors and administration frequently conduct searches asking pupils, under suspicion, to show the contents of their bags, pockets and lockers. Family, psychologist and teachers are informed, as well as disciplinary measures are taken, when rules are found to have been broken.
- Our school guards, Education Advisors and teachers supervise all school territory, and once offences are committed, both educational and disciplinary steps follow.
- We ask the teachers of Science and those of Ethics and Religion, in particular, to overstate the issues of addiction and abuse, in their subjects. The topics of drugs make part of the science subjects, same as the socially acceptable behaviors for Ethics and Religion. Hence, the request to the teachers to stress on these topics.
- Increased patrols of the Luxembourgish Police in the close vicinity of the school.
- A prevention campaign by the police professionals that would include working with the classes and groups preventively.
- Increased contacts and cooperation with regard to reporting cases when the laws of the country have been broken.
Some of the duties and responsibilities of main actors:
The school undertakes to keep Just say, NO! a constantly running campaign:
- Posters from the Ministry of Health are put up, maintained and updated in the school boards
- Each year a sensibilization campaign against the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol will be long-term-running at school, in the form of a presentation to individual classes or year-groups
- The school is committed to participating in the Nicht Rauchen campaign organized by the Ministry of Health and Cancer Foundation in Luxembourg
- The school is committed to Extra-Tour Sucht – a non-addiction campaign during three days in October, and targeting prevention with the pupils of s3
- With the cooperation of the Psychologist, the school will invite persons who have personal experiences in addictions, to recount their stories, which clearly have an impact on the pupils
- The school encourages all subject initiatives, like that of the teachers of Art, to present pupils’ work in support of the non-addiction campaign
- The school will continue random checks, asking pupils to reveal the belongings of bags, pockets and lockers, when there is suspicion of bringing illicit substances at school. The school will inform the family of the pupils searched
- The school will continue the close collaboration with the Luxembourgish Police, as well as all other national preventive bodies, establishing a cooperation particularly in the field of preventive measures
- The school has an obligation to inform the Luxembourgish Police for any cases of illegal substances found at school
- We wish to set a procedure, in collaboration with law enforcement authorities, to apply the local legislation fines for the possession at school of any illegal substances, as defined by the Luxembourgish Laws.
- The school will organize a Disciplinary Council, in accordance with the General Rules of the European School in all cases of possession, use or distribution of illegal substances
- The School and the Parents Association will further strengthen the links and cooperation in this respect, and raise general awareness.
- Teachers are encouraged to raise the topic as often as necessary with their classes, as well as report without delay all suspicious cases to the school management
- Invigilation in all areas of school is particularly important to assure the safety and application of regulations all around school grounds
- The power-point presentations used at the launch of Just say, NO! campaign are available in the staff area of the school site, and teachers are encouraged to use them in class, as they find appropriate
- Education Advisors will be important players in this campaign.
- Pupils will not bring, possess, consume or distribute, in any way, at school alcohol, cigarettes or drugs, in line with national legislation and school rules.
- Pupils are encouraged to report cases in their knowledge when the rules are broken, and everyone’s wellbeing and safety is put in jeopardy
- Pupils will cooperate with information requested to them by the teachers, education advisors or management, and that concerns the illegal substances. They will cooperate in the case of reveal of belongings, that will be done with the pupil involvement. Resistance to voluntary cooperate in such action may engender the necessity to inform law enforcement authorities, to protect the safety and well-being of everyone else at school
- Possession, consumption, distribution of illegal substances at school, or lack of cooperation in the reveal of belongings may lead to a Disciplinary Council.
- Parents are kindly requested to cooperate entirely with the school's policy on illegal substances at school, which aims at the general wellbeing of everyone in our community
- Parents are kindly requested, that in a common effort to keep school clean of any illegal substances, the school bags, clothes, or the room of the children is periodically checked
- Parents are asked to contact the year’s Education Advisor whenever there is a suspicion of their children potentially being involved with illicit substances. This cooperation will have a preventive effect, with benefits for the children themselves and the larger community at school.
- We invite and welcome parents’ involvement, when there is specialist expertise, in talks or meetings with pupils, that could be organized in agreement with the teachers.
This policy will continually be updated to suit it to its purposes and goals.
Useful information and links
- Illegal Products at School (DE - FR)
Courrier de l’Éducation Nationale - N° spécial
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