The Drug Control Secretariat is the administrative body of the NCODC. It serves to increase the operational efficiency of the NCODC and the effectiveness of the national drug control program. The Drug Control Secretariat is headed by the Drug Control Officer, and consists of a staff of five (5) members. It functions in the areas of:
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Strategic planning
- Information management
- Program development
The National Schools’ Policy on Drugs (revised), was approved by Cabinet on 2 July 2018. Contained hereunder is a summary of the Policy.
The National Schools’ Policy on Drugs, is to be implemented in all educational institutions in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, except universities and community colleges.
Coverage of the Policy
The Policy applies to all Principals, teachers, students in pre-schools, public and private Primary and Secondary Schools, including schools or educational institutions for children with special needs, and skills training centres for school-aged students, in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, inclusive of support staff at these schools, parents/guardians, visitors and other relevant persons while on the school premises during the school day, or in attendance at school functions.
- To encourage students to make healthy, responsible decisions related to prevention and elimination of alcohol and other substance use;
- To provide assistance to students who are harmfully affected by their own or others' use of alcohol or other drugs;
- To eliminate access to and the use of substances on school premises, and at school functions/events, by students, teachers and other support staff, including Counselors, Librarians, School Security officers, Visitors, Parents/Guardians, of the school.
Requirement of Schools
The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs expressly forbids the use, sale, and distribution of alcohol and tobacco products by schools, organizations, groups, and persons affiliated to the schools, at school functions.
Breach of the National Schools' Policy on Drugs
The use, possession, sale, and distribution of alcohol, tobacco products, hemp, controlled drugs or mood-altering substances, electronic cigarettes, or drug paraphernalia in the school environment is a breach of the National Schools Policy on Drugs.
The Royal Grenada Police Force may commence legal proceedings against any student who has violated the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act 1992 or any related legislation.
Random or mandatory drug testing of students by the Ministry or any other personnel, except for when test is requested by parents/guardians, is forbidden.
Sale of Alcohol at Specific Functions
Sale of alcoholic drinks and tobacco products by schools or organizations affiliated with the schools, at events such as dances, concerts, bingos, celebratory activities or other events, aimed at fund-raising, and are targeted primarily to adults, but are usually held late in the evenings, are permissible. Schools must obtain a liquor licence to conduct such sales.
Teachers drunk on duty is misconduct Any teacher who is drunk while on duty, is guilty of misconduct. Penalties for such misconduct is outlined in the Education Act No. 12 of 2002.
Random or mandatory drug testing of students by the Ministry or any other personnel, except for when such test is requested by parents/guardians, or the Court, is forbidden.
Students with Special Needs, and Special Education
All reports and incidents of substance use by students with special needs will be handled in a professional manner to protect the students from undue pressures, stigmatization and discrimination.
Parents/guardians of students who may require the use of medications should inform the schools about their children's medical needs, including details on medicines they need and pre-existing medical conditions. Children should only take medications to schools when essential; that is, where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day.
Staff should not give non-prescribed medicine to a child unless there is specific prior written permission from the parents. If a child refuses to take medicine, staff should not force a child to do so. Staff should respect the privacy and dignity for children with medical needs.
Schools can conduct individual or random searches for controlled drugs and paraphernalia, once they have reasonable suspicion.
- Strip searches by teachers, school support staff, or Education Officers are prohibited. Strip searches include the removal (partial or complete) of any article of clothing, shoes, watches, rings, chains, gloves, etc.
- Body cavity searches are prohibited.
- Searches of students must be conducted by Teachers of the same gender.
- Searches of the students’ electronic equipment (mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc) to obtain information regarding drug- related offences is prohibited.
- The searches must not be excessively intrusive, humiliating and degrading to the students.
Roles of Students
- Adhere to the rules of the school, the Policy and the laws of Grenada, regarding to drugs, as contained in the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act, 1992, or any similar legislation.
- Participate in substance use prevention programmes, counselling sessions and any other similar programmes being implemented by the schools, Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs or authorized personnel.
Use, Possession of Drugs, including Alcohol and Tobacco Products
The Principal will:
- Confiscate, mark, initial, date and preserve any alcohol, tobacco products, hemp, controlled drugs or mood-altering substance, e-cigarettes, or drug paraphernalia found.
- Conduct a search of the students’ bags and personal effects to determine whether there are other substances or paraphernalia.
- Confiscate, mark, initial, date and preserve any additional substances or paraphernalia found.
- Advise the students that they have violated the Policy or country's laws (whichever is appropriate) and of the possible consequences of their action.
- Inform the Drug Control Secretariat immediately about the drug-related incident.
- Inform the parents or guardians verbally and in writing, about the situation and disciplinary procedures.
- Liaise with the Drug Control Secretariat to arrange a meeting with the students, parents/guardians and the Drug Control Secretariat and the Police to discuss the violation.
- Record the student’s infraction of the drug policy.
- Submit a written report on the matter to the Chief Education Officer within 48 hours of the incident.
- The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs the school and the Police will conduct necessary investigation of the matter.
- Upon receipt of the results of the investigation by the Ministry, proceed to suspend the students from all school activities for 10 school days, in accordance with the Education Act, 2002, should the results of the investigation indicate that a suspension is warranted.
- Issue a letter of suspension to the Parents/Guardians of the students, and inform them of the nature of the offence and the terms of the suspension.
- The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs and the school will make arrangements for appropriate follow-up with the students and their parents and legal guardians. This may include referral for medical or counselling services.
- The students will be required to attend sessions of counselling and drug prevention education, arranged by the Drug Control Secretariat, or School. The counselling sessions will be held at the school, at designated periods, arranged by the Drug Control Secretariat, or School, or relevant institutions.
- The students and their parents or guardians will be required to sign the Substance Use Prevention Contract prior to the student’s return to school. This will be arranged by the Drug Control Secretariat
The Ministry encourages Principals to use in- school suspensions and counseling sessions for drug violations in place of the ten (10) day out of school suspension. During the in-school suspensions, students would be exempted from participation in school events such as competitions, sporting events, and representing the school at various events.
Students would be required to attend counselling and other remedial sessions at specific times. In- school suspension provides a safe environment in which the students can be supervised and given appropriate guidance.
Rights of Students
The rights of all students must be respected, maintained and protected during the implementation of the Policy. These rights must be maintained when disciplinary measures are being implemented should the policy be breached.
All drug-related matters which involve students must be dealt with in a confidential manner.
Principals are required to report to the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs, all violations of National Schools’ Policy on Drugs.
Electronic copies of the Policy can be obtained from the Drug Control Secretariat Drug Control Secretariat, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org