Student Health

Nude Food

Allergies

There are children at the school who are severely allergic to a range of food items including peanuts and eggs. Parents are asked not to send to school any nut products. The school cannot check every lunchbox and item of food brought to the school to ascertain whether it contains nut products; so we ask that parents be extra careful when sending food to school. For those who are allergic, exposure to peanuts can have fatal consequences.

We request that there is no sharing of food and that parent do not bring birthday cakes and lolly bags for other students with nuts in them. Please see your class teacher if you are unsure.

Sun Protection

Personal sun protection by way of hats and sunscreens is vital. It is important that the education of skin care begins early in life and is taken as a personal responsibility.

Students must wear hats at all times when outdoors. We have some shaded areas for play and sunscreen is available for the students at all times from the school office) and the school will enforce our rule in the playground: "no hat - no play". If they do not have a hat they will be required to sit in the shade. The regulation school hat is the only acceptable hat to be worn at school.

Contact Numbers

Please ensure that the school has your current address, work/home telephone numbers and emergency contact numbers. It is vital that we have up-to-date phone contact numbers so that we may contact you at home or at work in the event that your child may be suffering from an illness or injury.

Illness at school

Any child who is feeling ill may be sent to the Sick Bay. If the child is not well enough to be at school, the parents will be contacted and asked to take the child home. Parents are requested not to send their children to school when they are ill as the school is unable to provide high quality care. In the event of a serious accident, an ambulance will be called to administer first aid and, if necessary, take the child to hospital. The parents will then be contacted.

Medication

The following guidelines apply to the administration of medication to children while at school or on a school-related activity.

  • The parent or legal guardian must fill out a written request for school staff to administer prescription medications.
  • The medication must be in a container labelled by the pharmacist showing the name of the drug, the 'use by' date, the name of the child's medical practitioner and the child, the dosage and the frequency of administration.

School staff are not able to administer Panadol, cough mixtures, motion sickness medication and the like without prior request from a parent. Documentation is mandatory.

Health Action Plan

To help staff manage children with health conditions such as asthma and diabetes itt is imperative that parents supply the school with a Health Action Plan.

Your GP/Specialist will be able to assist with the preparation of an action plan specific to your child's needs. Action Plans must be signed by a Medical Practitioner.

Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions

A child suffering from an infectious complaint (measles, chicken pox, head lice, cold sores, diarrhoea, etc) may not attend school for the period specified by the Health Department. It is advisable that a doctor’s certificate (identifying the condition the child has been suffering from) is obtained stating that the child is fit to return to school. Please refer to the Department of Health Guidelines for the recommended exclusion periods for infectious conditions. Children showing signs or symptoms of these infectious conditions are required to be withdrawn until appropriate treatment has been sought.

Head lice

Children who have been infested with head lice are required to be withdrawn until appropriate treatment has been administered.

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