For Educators

Signs of a Student at Risk

Changes in personality, mood or behaviour may indicate a problem. Further changes related specifically to school may include the following:

Academic Performance:

  • Decline in work/grades
  • Incomplete work
  • Missing assignments
  • Failing
  • Reduced participation

Classroom Behaviour:

  • Disruptive
  • Inattentive
  • Decreased attention, motivation, concentration
  • Memory deficits
  • Late, skipping class
  • Defiance
  • Frequent washroom visits
  • Hyperactivity, nervousness
  • Compulsive over achievement, perfectionism

Other Behaviour:

  • Erratic behaviour, moods
  • Change in peer group
  • Attention seeking
  • Sudden popularity
  • Time disorientation
  • Changes in values
  • Appears depressed
  • Defensive
  • Withdrawn, preoccupied
  • Associated with known users

Possible Drug Specific Indicators:

  • Others express concern re: use
  • Talks openly about use
  • Possession of substances or paraphernalia
  • Intoxicated/using at school
  • Supplying/selling
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