In the event that students are injured at school, action is taken by the College depending on the nature of the injury. Minor cuts and abrasions are given first aid treatment. Most staff hold recognised First Aid qualifications. For more serious injuries, parents will be contacted as soon as possible and prior to any action being taken. In the event of a more serious accident, medical assistance will be sought while parents are contacted. For this reason it is essential that parents maintain current and accurate emergency contact numbers on College records.
Every effort is made to contact parents if children become ill at school. Again, parents are urged to keep emergency contact details up to date with our office staff. All visits to the First Aid room are recorded in our First Aid Register, with a note being sent home for significant issues, especially for younger students. Students may be sent to the Sick Room during the day upon teacher discretion for a rest; however, if they continue to feel unwell and are unable to return to class, parents will be contacted.
It is a requirement of enrolment for students in Early and Junior Years that children are immunised according to the schedule as recommended by health authorities. Where children contract a contagious disease, there are specific lengths of time for compulsory absence. This is, of course, to protect other children as well as providing adequate time for the child to recover.
The document (Timeout of schools) below provides conditions that apply to all children in attendance at school and preschool.
Our most recent advice has established that “no drugs, prescription or otherwise, can be administered by school staff except in certain circumstances where it is necessary for a student to take medicine on a medical practitioner’s orders during school hours.” The effect of this policy is that we are unable to administer Panadol or any non-prescription medications for minor pain relief, and parents will have to be called to either take sick children home or administer Panadol etc. at school. An exception is made for school camps where specific instructions and consent forms are exchanged with parents/carers.
Where a medication has been prescribed by a Medical Practitioner and the child is well enough to attend school but needs medication during the day, parents are required to complete a Student Medication Authority (from the Office), and attach a note or certificate from the doctor advising the student’s teacher that s/he may administer a particular medication during school hours. The note should include the name of the medication, the dosage and the time(s) to be administered. Please note that both forms are required. Student Medication Authority forms are available on request from the school office. The medication is to be handed to the teacher to be kept in the First Aid Room refrigerator (if required) or on the teacher’s desk or other suitable place. Alternatively, parents may wish to come to school and administer the medication.
Sometimes students bring medication which parents have given them with instructions to take during the day, e.g. cough lollies and asthma puffers are common examples. For these medications where the teacher is not involved in administering it, no authority is required. However, particularly in the case of asthma sprays, it’s a good idea to inform the teacher. As a general rule, we would rather that younger children do not keep medications themselves.
Time out of school for diseases