Student Health

​See Also:   Anaphylaxis Policy

 

PROCEDURES FOR SICK CHILDREN

In order to cater for the needs of children who are sick at school the following procedures have been set in place.
                        
Once the classroom/supervising teacher observes, or is made aware, that a child is not feeling well, the child is sent to the sick room accompanied by another child, with a ‘classroom sick form’, detailing relevant information and symptoms the child is suffering from.
  • Once in the sick room, the child is observed by the Admin and Office staff, and further action is detailed on the ‘classroom sick form’.
  • The child spends a short time on the bed  in the sick room and then a decision is made by a member of the Admin and Office staff to:-
    • Either return the child to the classroom or,
    • Contact the parents and request they come to collect the child from school
The classroom teacher is notified if the child is either returning to the classroom or going home with a parent.
 

REDUCING THE SPREAD OF INFECTIONS

Infections with or without illness, are common in children. When children attend school they are exposed to a large number of children, increasing the opportunity for the spread of infectious diseases. It is not possible to prevent the spread of all infections and illnesses within schools, however a lot of illnesses from infectious disease can be prevented.
 
Please refer to the Recommended Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions produced by Queensland Health.
 
 

ADMINISTERING OF MEDICATION

If it is necessary for your child to bring his/her medication to school it will be administered to your child only when a Student Medication Request Form is completed by the Student’s Medical Practitioner and a parent or person with legal responsibility for the student and given to the school office. 
 
Long term medication, eg Ritalin, is administered by the school secretary upon completion of the appropriate documentation.  This form is available at the school office. 
 
 

HEADLICE

In recent years the incidence of headlice in schools has been increasing.  Lice are unpleasant and can cause secondary skin infection if they are left unchecked.
 
Some facts:
 Headlice infestation is not a sign of poor standards of cleanliness.  They are often found in hair that is washed frequently.  Lice can spread very quickly so:-

Don't use other people's combs            and          Don't use other people's hats

If you find headlice, the chemist will have preparations for treatment.  Please let us know so that we can send a letter home to all class members requesting a check/treatment of head lice be undertaken.  Affected children are not to attend school until they have been treated.
 

SCHOOL HEALTH & DENTAL CARE PROGRAMS

The School Health Sister and the School Dentist visit the school once a year.  Parents are contacted by letter if any particular problem is diagnosed.  These services have been most successful in diagnosing visual, auditory and dental problems.  If problems are diagnosed, suggestions are usually made about how parents can assist in remedying these. 
 
In the case of dental care, the mobile Dental Unit will be situated in the school grounds for a set period of time.  Parents are notified prior to the arrival of the Unit.
 
 

PROCEDURES FOR ACCIDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM OR PLAYGROUND

In order to address the needs of children injured in the playground or the classroom the following procedures have been set in place:
            
The Teacher Who Arrives First On the Scene Carries Out the Following Procedures
  • Checks to determine the type of injury
  • Sends for a teacher to take over playground duty/or neighbouring teacher if in the classroom
  • If the child cannot be moved a teacher sends a message to the Office for an Ambulance to be called
  • Stays with the child and makes him/her as comfortable as possible
  • If the child is able to be moved accompanies the child to the sick room
  • Organises to have appropriate people contacted; parents, doctor, principal, classroom teacher
  • Remains with the child until the child is treated
  • Records the accident and injury in the Accident Register as soon as possible