Health

Accidents or Sickness

Minor injuries or illnesses which occur during the day are normally attended to at school. In more serious situations every endeavour is made to contact a parent/caregiver or the emergency contact to arrange for the child to be collected from school. Should such contact be unable to be made, the school will act according to the best interests of the child, but no responsibility will be accepted for medical costs, ie: ambulance. In extreme emergencies the student may be taken to the hospital while the parents are notified.

Parents are encouraged to have ambulance cover in case of emergency.

The following ailments require a period of exclusion from school unless a doctor is prepared to issue a medical certificate indicating that the child is free from infection and well enough to return to normal school activities

Infectious Diseases

IllnessRe-Admission
Chicken Pox When sufficiently recovered (usually once all sores have healed and redness fades).
Conjunctivitis Once effective treatment has been commenced and swelling subsides.
Diphtheria Medical certificate only.
Viral Hepatitis Medical Certificate only.
Impetigo (School Sores) Must be under treatment inc. use of occlusive dressings.
Influenza Return when symptoms have subsided.
Measles Seven days from onset.
Mumps On medical certificate of recovery.
Pediculosis (nits) One treated (see following).
Ringworm Once all signs have subsided.
Rubella (German Measles) Medical certificate.
Scabies Once effective treatment has been instituted.
Whooping Cough Medical certificate only.

Administration of Medication

The Department of Education has established guidelines about the administration of medication to students. All schools are required to comply with these guidelines. The following conditions apply:

  • Wherever possible, parents are to come to the school to administer medications themselves or have the child self administer the medication if the child is capable of doing so.
  • Should students be self administering medication, a note must be sent to the teacher explaining all relevant details.  A sample note is available from the class teacher or the School Office.
  • If a student is required to carry and self administer prescribed medication on a long term basis the parent/caregiver must complete a “Student Self Administration of Medication Advice”.
  • All parents of students with ADHD medication are required to complete medical forms prior to medication being given.

If the child is unable to administer their own medication, then the parent/caregiver needs to complete two forms from the office:

  1. Request for Teachers to Administer Medication. Available from the front office.
  2. Medical Instructions from the Prescribing Doctor.

School staff must not administer analgesics such as paracetamol to students without written instructions from the student’s parent/caregiver.  Aspirin or Panadol must never be administered to students without a medical practitioner’s written instruction because of the possibility of side effects or allergic reactions.

Head Lice

Head lice have no respect for people.  They can be found in all types of families, and usually infest the cleanest hair first.  They are not a medical emergency, but are quick to spread from person to person.

If not properly treated, head lice can become a serious nuisance in the community as they are passed from one person to another. Any place where people live or play close together is a good place for catching head lice. They like to live on human scalps where they feed, breed and lay their eggs.  They feed on human blood and cause the owner to scratch his/her head.

Treatment

Effective lotions are available from any pharmacy. It is important that treatment is carried out in accordance with the instructions.  All eggs should be removed from the hair to prevent re-infestation. All members of the family should be treated, even if only one member of the family is found to have head lice or nits.

Brushes, combs, hats, clothing, pillow cases and bedding should be washed thoroughly and put out to dry in the sun for several hours.

Oil and Hair conditioner treatment regimes are also effective to remove lice and eggs. The Child Health clinic or School Nurse can assist with detailed information about these methods.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited on Department of Education property. Parents and visitors to the school are asked to abide by this regulation. Teachers and other employees of the school are also prohibited from smoking on school premises. Students found smoking on the school site risk immediate suspension from school.