The school does not have adequate facilities for children who take ill during the day. The school must have current information so that parents can be contacted quickly and efficiently. Children who are just feeling ‘under the weather’ will be sent back to class until you are able to collect them.
From time to time every school has a problem with Head Lice. The policy of the school is that a child with head lice will be excluded from school until treatment has commenced. Family contacts will not be excluded, though it would be advisable for all to have the treatment as they will probably be infected.
Head lice can only be caught by head to head contact. Head lice do not jump, fly or swim. Any lice found on chairs, clothing or bedding are usually injured or dying and would be incapable of climbing onto another host. Any hair longer than shoulder length must be tied up.
Sometimes it is better for sick children to be kept at home. This document outlines when this is appropriate and is the basis of decisions made by DoEWA schools.
As we do not have access to trained medical expertise on-site, in the event of a serious accident where parents cannot be contacted, an ambulance will be called at parent’s expense.
Medical / Health Conditions
Please ensure that these are listed on the Admission Card and that this information is kept up to date. Some conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or allergies require a detailed health management plan which will be developed in consultation with parents and your doctor. We require information in regard to developmental concerns, communication skills, gross or fine motor deficiencies or lack of socially acceptable behaviour. This may assist us in accessing resources to assist your child.
If your son or daughter requires medicine during the day, even over a short period of time, it should be given to the Bridge. There is a small amount of paperwork that we need to complete so that we can make sure the correct doses are given. All medications that are being kept at school or administered during school hours must be taken to the Bridge on the first day of occurrence.
Although not managed by the school, there is a dental therapy centre based on the school site. The children are normally seen at least once a year. The centre can be contacted be contacted on 9307 4775.
Parents are requested to make sure that the emergency address, phone numbers and email addressed registered on their child’s enrolment forms are up to date. This helps avoid unnecessary delays in contacting parents.
We have several students who have severe food allergies. This is a growing issue for many schools, as the incidence of food allergies in the general community has increased significantly over the last few years. It is important for us to have a shared sense of duty of care.
As a school, we can minimize the risk by ensuring that:
- Students do not share food, utensils or food containers
- Students with allergies only eat food that is prepared at their own home
- All food and drinks containers are clearly labelled with student’ names to avoid confusion of ownership.
- Make the teacher aware if you send in any birthday cakes, etc. to share around the class.
If your child does react, please make sure that we have a copy of their emergency plan.
The school has a nurse who visits the school on a regular basis. The main role of the nurse is health promotion and monitoring the health status of children. Teachers and parents have access to the nurse through a referral process.
If you wish your child to be seen by the community nurse at school you must complete the health record card, sign your consent to examination and return the card to school. On completion of primary school this record will be returned to you.
With parent consent a school-based community nurse will carry out a full health appraisal for all four-year-olds, sometime during the course of each year. This will include:
- vision screening
- hearing screening
- assessment of co-ordination, posture and gait
- examination of skin and mouth
- measure of height and weight.
If any concerns are identified during the course of the appraisal, parents will be notified. Appropriate action is then jointly decided and acted upon through arranging a visit to the family doctor, community and child health medical officer, child development team or other appropriate agency.
Parents are encouraged to contact the community nurse at any time during the school year to discuss any concerns regarding their child’s health.
The close contact between children at school puts them at risk of contracting contagious diseases. On enrolment to the school parents will be asked to show their child’s immunisation record because immunisation provides the best possible protection available against childhood diseases