During the 2014-15 school year, Walsh Jesuit began a review of its drug and alcohol policy. Disciplinary cases revealed a diminution in the concern expressed by students in their attitudes toward drugs and alcohol use. Students voluntarily met with school administrators to inform them of their concerns regarding the current policy, and its effect on the student use of drugs and alcohol. Northeast Ohio saw a major upswing in drug availability and use, predominantly among young adults from middle to upper class backgrounds. Three local Catholic high schools began mandatory drug testing programs, prompting conversations with these schools to discover more about their motivations, programs and outcomes.
At the same time, WJ employees entered into discussions about the mental and emotional wellness of our students. Observations regarding student responses to anxiety and stress prompted informal conversations about what the school was doing to meet all of the developmental needs of its students. Local and national trends regarding the emotional wellness of high school students were examined, and convinced the Walsh Jesuit community that greater attention needed to be paid to students.
Currently, various programs, activities, and physical improvements are implemented that attended to the spiritual, intellectual and social needs of students.