Health & First Aid

Emergency

Illnesses and Allergies

Student Absences

School Entry Immunisation Certificate

Disabilities

Specialists

Infections

Medication at School

First Aid and Sudden Illness

Health & First Aid

All children need to be fit and healthy to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the school. We are aware that a school is not an appropriate place for a sick child and it is the policy of the school to contact parents/carers if we have reason to believe a child is not fit to take part in school activities. We believe parents/carers are in a much better position to monitor sick children than the staff of a busy school.

Emergency

Emergencies sometimes arise. Please help us to take the best possible care of your child by IMMEDIATELY ADVISING THE SCHOOL OF ANY CHANGES IN PERSONAL INFORMATION ie change of home phone number or change of place of employment/phone number of either parent.

Illnesses and Allergies

There are a number of infectious diseases which require children to be excluded from school until recovered or until treatment has commenced. Chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, viral hepatitis and streptococcal infections are among excludable diseases. Pediculosis (nits), impetigo (school sores), ringworm and scabies are all highly infectious conditions which require treatment to be effective before children can return to school. The School Principal or doctor can give you details.

A nurse from the local municipal health department visits the school each term to advise on treatment where necessary. The school requires certification from the council or your own doctor that treatment has been successful.

The school has a policy and procedure for children with extreme allergies reaction requiring drug therapy. Please inform the school on enrolment if your child has been diagnosed with this condition.

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Student Absences

If your child has been away from school, we expect a brief note of explanation to the teacher upon return. You may also ring the school on the morning of the absence. This ensures there are no unexplained absences and that teachers can take extra care where children are recovering from illness or other upsets. If the absence is likely to be extended (more than five days, for example), please contact us so that the teacher can be informed and contact you about sending work home, if necessary.

When you are taking your child out of school for a lengthy period of time (eg long trip, medical treatment) the school should be informed in writing before the absence and an Intention to Return form completed at our office. School work can be provided by the class teacher.

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Immunisation Certificate

This certificate is required by law before a child can be admitted to school. It is available from Medicare.

Disabilities

The school and classroom teacher should always be informed of any disability (eg sight, hearing, speech) as well as any allergies that your child may have. Such information is treated in strict confidence, but is most important for the child's well being.

Specialists

The Department of Education & Training provides the services of Educational Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, and support to the physically impaired. Referrals are made through the school, usually at the suggestion of the class teacher or Principal.

Where there is concern about a child's learning development or behaviour, it is the policy of the school to intervene as soon as possible. Parents/carers will be contacted for a conference and referral for assessment by a specialist may be suggested.

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Infections

Remember that infections spread quickly at school. In the interests of the whole class, a sick child should be kept at home. The Health Warnings page lists common infections and the exclusion periods with links for medical information.

Medication at School

Should it be necessary for your child to take medicine, tablets, etc (during school hours), complete written instructions as to the dosage and times should be given to the class teacher. Please notify the teacher if any medication needs refrigeration. Children MUST NOT keep medicines in their schoolbags or lunchboxes. This includes asthma medication.

Children with chronic conditions are exceptions and specific arrangements will be made to cater for their needs. Children who suffer from asthma and require pumps are expected to recognise when and how they need to use them. It is essential that the school is made aware of the needs of such children and any medication, including pumps, is placed in the care of staff. Staff are trained for emergency care and the policy of the school is to contact parents/carers as soon as an attack occurs. Ongoing liaison between parents/carers and staff is essential where chronic conditions are concerned.

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First Aid and Sudden Illness

It is vital that the information the parent/carer gives on our Enrolment Form is kept up-to-date and the school is informed of changes of address, phone number, workplace and emergency contact numbers. If your child becomes ill or has an accident, we need to be able to make contact as efficiently as possible. We expect the school to be informed of any changes immediately.

Staff will assess the seriousness of incidents and provide emergency treatment if necessary. In the interests of student welfare and safety, we prefer to be cautious. Our rule of thumb is 'If we can't fix it with a cuddle and a bandaid' we will contact parents/carers. If we cannot make contact, we will usually have the child checked by the local doctor if we consider it advisable.

In case of minor accidents, cuts, grazes, etc, wounds will be cleansed with water only and covered with bandaids or gauze. No antiseptics are used.

No medication including Panadol or aspirin will be provided to students for headaches or toothache.

Cold packs are available for bumps and sprains. Where a serious bump to the head occurs, students will be sent home to ensure they can be suitably observed.

Children awaiting collection will usually stay in front of the office where they are under constant supervision.

Parents/carers are reminded that it is dangerous to pass responsibility for dosage and care of occasional medication to primary age children. It is essential that any medications brought to school, including cough mixtures, are placed in the care of teachers.

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