Student Health and Wellbeing


Head Lice:
We urge parents to check children’s hair regularly and notify the school if head lice are present.  Children found to have head lice are excluded from school until the appropriate treatment has commenced.  Parents are assured that discretion is maintained at all times.  In the event of an outbreak of head lice, the school will notify parents.
Immunisation:
Children enrolled at a state primary school must have an immunisation certificate from a local council.  This information must be registered with the office staff.
Infectious Diseases:
The Department of Education has an exclusion table to be observed in cases of infectious diseases.  A child must be excluded from school if suffering from the following infectious diseases:








Chicken Pox and MumpsExclude until fully recovered or at least 5 days after the eruption first appears. Note that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion.
Impetigo (school sores)Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced. Sores on exposed surfaces must be coved with a watertight dressing.
MeaslesExclude for a least 4 days after onset of rash.
RingwormRe-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced
Rubella (German Measles)Until fully recovered and at least 4 days from the onset of the rash. The school must be notified.
ScabiesRe-admit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced
TuberculosisUntil a medical certificate is produced stating that the patient is no longer infectious.
Whooping CoughExclude the child for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment.
For all other serious infectious diseases, the patient is excluded until a medical certificate is furnished.  An immunisation certificate, obtainable from the local Government Health Department, must be presented to the school.  Should an outbreak of measles, diphtheria or polio occur, children who have not been immunised can be excluded from school.  This will reduce the chance of these diseases spreading throughout the community.
Medication:
Upon recovery from an illness your child may return to school still needing medication.  Medication must be sent to the office at the beginning of the day.  Parents must provide the following information in writing:
  • the name of the medicine
  • time to be taken
  • dosage
The Principal or his nominee will administer the medication.  Children are not permitted to keep medication in their bag.
Safety:
It is very important that all children are aware and constantly reminded about good safety habits.  Please discuss with your child the road safety rules and use of school crossings.  Warn children not to loiter on the way home, visit friends without permission or go anywhere with strangers.  Children should not bring articles to school which may cause accidents, e.g. glass containers, toys with jagged edges or sharp objects.  Instruct children to walk directly to and from school with school friends, where possible. The school encourages children to care for their personal belongings. Unfortunately, damage, theft and breakage can still occur.  Hence children are discouraged from bringing to school, toys which are expensive, associated with violence, or likely to cause injury.
School Crossings:
The School Crossing is located at the front of the school on Springvale Road and is operated by Supervisors.  Children who cross this road must use the supervised crossing. Parents are requested to ensure that their children know School Crossing rules and understand road safety.  The crossing is supervised from 8.10a.m. to 9.10a.m. and from 3.00p.m. to 4.00p.m.
School Health Services:
A school nurse provides a comprehensive health examination of Prep children each year.  Parents sign a consent form prior to this examination.  If a problem is discovered, the child is referred to his/her own source of medical care.  Teachers at all levels may also refer children.
Sick Students:
Parents are urged to keep a sick child at home.  School is for learning and sick children cannot participate fully and may infect other children and staff.  When a child is sick at school, the Principal and office staff will ring the child’s parents or emergency contact person.
Student Services:
Department of Education Student Services is available for children experiencing difficulties with their learning.  Using parent and teacher information, together with an assessment of the student, professional staff analyse the needs of each student. Assistance is available from the Guidance Officer and Speech Pathologist.  A waiting list operates and children are treated according to need.  Access to these services can be made through the office with the Principal or discussed with the class teacher.