Health

Medication

You must inform the school if your child/ren have any particular medical conditions which may affect their daily health and wellbeing, for example allergy to bee stings, asthma, diabetes etc. The school will develop a student health plan/risk management plan to assist your child if there is an emergency situation.

For staff to assist with the administration of any medication during school hours, both a doctor and the parent must complete the necessary forms, which are available at the front office. This is Department of Education policy.

Children are not to carry any medication on them. Medications must be handed to administration at the beginning of the day.

Illness and Injury

Children not well enough to see out a full day at school should not be sent to school as there are no adequate facilities for children who are taken ill during the day. They often become distressed and would be more comfortable at home or with a friend or relative.

Should a child become ill or be injured during school time, staff will immediately give first aid and contact parents when necessary

Please keep the school updated with your current work, home and mobile phone numbers and inform the school of any changes to your emergency contact number.

This enables the school to keep up to date records of important information affecting your child’s welfare. The school will ring the emergency contact in the event of not being able to contact parents/guardians.

Emergency Contacts

It is most important that the school be informed of any change of address or telephone number for parents and emergency contacts in the event that we need to contact you during school hours.  Emergency forms are sent home at the beginning of each year to update information.  Please advise the front office if any of your contact details change:

  • Parents home phone number
  • Parents work phone number
  • Parents mobile number
  • Email address
  • Residential address
  • Emergency contact names and phone numbers
  • Medical details such as allergies
  • Doctor

Communicable Diseases

Information on the exclusion periods for communicable diseases are provided by the Health Department.  Parents are asked to notify the school immediately if their doctor has confirmed a diagnosis of the following diseases:

CHICKEN POX (VARICELLA VIRUS) (** Notifiable Disease.)

A common, acute, viral infection. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, and a generalised rash characterised by small vesicles (blisters) that rupture to form crusts.

The medical practitioner treating a case of infection must decide whether others at risk need to be contacted.

TRANSMISSION: Airborne or droplet; or indirect contact with fluid from vesicles of an infected person.
INCUBATION PERIODS: 10 to 21 days
INFECTIOUS PERIOD: From 2 days before rash appears until vesicles have formed crusts usually about 10 days.
EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL: Exclude for at least 5 days after the rash appears and until vesicles have formed crusts. Note that crusts alone do not warrant exclusion.
CONTACTS: Refer any immunosuppressed children (e.g. leukaemia patients) to their doctor. Do not exclude other contacts.
TREATMENT: Antiviral treatment available 

CONJUCTIVITIS (VARIOUS BACTERIA AND VIRUSES)

A common, acute, viral or bacterial infection of the eyes. Symptoms include sore, itchy eyes and discharge.

TRANSMISSION:  Direct or indirect contact with secretion from infected eyes.
INCUBATION PERIODS:  1 to 3 days.
PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY: While eye discharge is present.
EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL: Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased.
CONTACTS:  Do not exclude.
TREATMENT: Treatment as recommended by doctor – refer to doctor.

HEAD LICE (PEDICULUS CAPITIS)

A common, parasitic infection of the scalp hair.  Symptoms include scratching and the presence of ‘nits’ (eggs) and lice in the scalp hair.

TRANSMISSION:  Head to head contact with infected person.
INCUBATION PERIODS:  7 to 10  days.
PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY: Until lice and nits (eggs) are destroyed.
EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL:  Exclude until effective treatment has been instituted and nits removed from hair.
CONTACTS:   Do not exclude. Family contact will probably be infested and should be treated. Other contacts should be checked regularly for sign of infestation

SCHOOL SORES (IMPETIGO)

A common, acute bacterial infection of the skin caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria.  Symptoms include itchy pustules and scabs.

TRANSMISSION: Direct contact with skin lesions.
INCUBATION PERIODS: Usually 4 to 10 days.
INFECTIOUS PERIOD:  As long as there is discharge from untreated lesions.
EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL: Exclude for 24 hours after antibiotic treatment commenced.  Lesions on exposed skin surfaces should be covered with a waterproof dressing.  Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practices should be excluded until the sores are dry.
CONTACTS: Do not exclude. Family contact will probably be infested and should be treated. Other contacts
TREATMENT: Antibiotic treatment available – refer to doctor

MUMPS (** Notifiable Disease.)

An uncommon, acute viral infection. Symptoms include painful, swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, painful testicles or ovaries.

TRANSMISSION: Airborne or droplet; direct contact with saliva from an infected person.
INCUBATION PERIOD: About 12 to 25 days (usually 16 to 18 days).
INFECTIOUS PERIOD: 2 days before to 5 days after the onset of salivary gland swelling.
EXCLUSION: Exclude for 5 days after onset of symptoms.
CONTACTS: Do not exclude.
TREATMENT: Varies with symptoms.