Our Students - Wellbeing - Health

Promoting health, managing student illnesses and reducing health risks are important to everyone at our school.

Sun safety

Our school takes sun safety seriously and run programs designed to make students aware of the damaging effects of the sun. It is a key part of our school program to educate students about how to protect themselves from the sun's damaging UV rays. 

Students are encouraged to protect their skin by:

  • reducing their exposure to the sun, wherever possible
  • wearing broad-brimmed hats in the playground to protect the face, neck and ears, and playing in shaded areas. We have a 'No hat, play in the shade' policy for recesses and lunchtimes
  • wearing clothing with collars and long sleeves to provide for maximum sun protection
  • remaining in the shade whenever possible, particularly during peak UVR times
  • participating in sun protection activities
  • using 30+ broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen as an adjunct to other sun protection measures.

 

Prescribed medication

When your doctor has prescribed medication that must be administered during the school day, parents are responsible to inform the school so that we can administer the medication. Parents are also responsible for:

  • bringing this need to the attention of the school
  • ensuring that the information relating to the medication is updated if it changes
  • supplying the medication and any ‘consumables’ necessary for its administration in a timely way

The administration of such medication forms part the Department’s common law duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep students safe while they attend school. This duty of care is fulfilled through its staff members.

Key points to remember:

  • Parents of children who require prescribed medication to be administered at school must complete a Medication Form which is provided by the school. If parents have difficulty in completing the form they should contact the school for assistance.
  • Students must not carry medications unless there is a written agreement between the school and the student’s parents that this is a planned part of the student’s health care support.

Please note: Students’ immediate access to prescribed medication is very important for the effective management of conditions such as asthma. Students and parents need to be advised of this requirement so that students are not left without access to critical medication.

 

Managing complex health needs

An individual health care plan is developed for each student with complex health needs. The plan supports students with severe asthma, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and those at risk of an emergency or requiring the administration of specific health care procedures. These plans need to updated annually.

 

Infectious diseases

There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people. Primary students who do not have proof of immunisation may have to stay at home during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease. Infectious diseases that affect children and young people include:

  • chicken pox
  • gastroenteritis
  • mumps
  • infuenza
  • measles
  • rubella
  • whooping cough

Information relating to infectious diseases is available at NSW Health - Infectious diseases fact sheets. Parents should contact their local public health unit for advice regarding infectious diseases. 

 

Head lice

Head lice outbreaks sometimes occur at school. If your child has head lice please inform us immediately and treat your child. Daily combing of dry hair with conditioner using a fine tooth comb is effective in getting rid of head lice. 

Tips for parents in reducing the spread of head lice.

  • Regularly check your children’s hair.
  • Teach older children to check their own hair.
  • Tie back and braid long hair.
  • Keep a fine tooth head lice comb in the bathroom and encourage all family members to use it when they wash their hair.

 

Anaphylaxis

We ask that we are informed of any severe allergies that a child has e.g to peanuts or bee stings. If your child does have such an allergy, we ask that you do provide us with a summary of the particular allergy and the emergency procedures that need to be followed, such as the use of an epi-pen or ventolin.

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal reaction involving two or more body systems simultaneously e.g skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular systems. An anaphylactic reaction usually occurs within minutes of exposure to a trigger and can be life threatening.

Our school has students with severe and life threatening reactions to some foods, especially nuts. We encourage parents to not send their child to school with nuts, peanut butter, hazelnut spread or Nutella, chocolate or biscuits containing nuts.

Strict avoidance of such foods is necessary for avoiding a severe reaction. We ask that parents cooperate so as to keep all of our students safe.

We strongly welcome information from parents about their child’s health, whether or not they are requesting specific support from the school. All Department schools encourage parents to provide information about their children’s health, both on enrolment and on an ongoing basis.