For Parents

Allergies

Many children and adults in today’s society suffer from allergies to various foods, insects, drugs and chemicals. These people are susceptible to severe and sudden allergic reactions if they are exposed to an allergen. Severe reactions such as this are known as anaphylaxis reactions and are potentially life threatening and require an emergency response. It is the responsibility of parents to notify the school if their child is at risk of anaphylactic reaction. This notification should occur at the time of enrolment or as soon as possible after diagnosis. This notification will enable the school to provide appropriate support to assist the parent in the management of their child’s health.

St Michael’s makes every reasonable effort to minimise the exposure of students at risk of an allergic reaction to known allergies. Staff are trained to recognise the symptoms of an allergic reaction and apply emergency care to a child suffering from anaphylaxis. It is however the duty of all members of the school community to assist the school in minimising the risk of allergic reaction in these children. It is for this reason that St Michael’s school is a nut allergy aware school. No child is permitted to have food containing nut or nut products at St Michael’s. All foods served in the canteen are nut free. The support of all parents and families is requested as a matter of utmost importance. If your child has an allergy, an action plan is required from your GP to inform staff of medications and care that may be necessary in the event of an emergency.

Medication

Children on prescribed medication for sickness should not be sent to school until completely recovered.

Should your child require prescribed medication while at school, the school is unable to administer such medicine without a completed ‘Medical Advice To School Form’ signed by the parents. These forms are available here or from the school office. All medication sent to school must be taken to the office with a note explaining how it is to be administered. The Principal (or delegate) will administer any medication. Parents of a child suffering from a chronic illness should make contact with their child’s new teacher each year.

Parents of children who suffer from Asthma, Diabetes or Anaphylaxis are required to provide the school with a copy of the child's “Action Plan” from their doctor. Specific medications will be kept in the office for use when needed and will accompany the child on any excursion or external sports event.