About us - First Aid

Our First Aid Room is in the Administration area of the school. All staff in the school are trained in Basic First Aid.

Parents are asked not to send their child / children to school if they are unwell and suitable arrangements at home. If your child has had any gastro-like symptoms please do not send them to school for 24 hours after their last vomit or loose bowel motion.

Students who are unwell or have sustained an injury at school are treated promptly by a member of the school staff - generally a School Services Officer. Details of the injury or illness and corresponding treatment are recorded when a child visits the First Aid Room for any reason, and a duplicate copy is sent home with the child for parents’/caregiver's information. If the injury or illness is serious we will contact the parent/caregiver immediately. In an emergency situation we will call an ambulance, then the parent/caregiver and provide treatment until an ambulance arrives.

If your child has asthma and you tick the asthma box on your child’s enrolment form, you must provide a puffer and spacer to be kept at school for your child’s use. Please send the puffer and spacer to the Front Office along with the Asthma Care Plan, completed by the child’s doctor.

All other health conditions (allergy to bee stings, other allergies, diabetes) also require a Health Care Plan or Medication Plan to be completed by the Family Doctor. All Medication Plans, Asthmas Care Plans and Health Care Plans need to be updated annually.

It is important to notify the school of any food intolerances.

It is important to ensure your contact details are regularly updated so we can contact you in the event of an emergency.

Infectious Diseases

Please keep your children home for the amount of time specified in line with the DECD policy and notify the school of their absence and the reason. The infectious diseases listed are some of the most common in school-aged children.

  • Chicken Pox – must stay home until at least five days after rash appears and all blisters have dried.
  • Conjunctivitis – must stay home until the discharge from the eyes has ceased.
  • H1N1 (Human Swine Flu)/ Influenza – must stay home until they feel well.
  • Head-lice – students are not allowed to be in class if they have head-lice. Parents will be phoned to collect and treat the student. Children may return to school the day after appropriate treatment has been given.
  • Impetigo (School Sores) - must stay home until 24 hours after appropriate antibiotic treatment is started. The sores must be covered until they are completely dried up.
  • Measles – must stay home for at least 4 days after the onset of the rash.
  • Mumps – must stay home for nine days after the onset of symptoms, or until swelling goes down (which ever is sooner).
  • Ringworm - must stay home until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
  • Rubella (German Measles) – must stay home until fully recovered or at least four days after the onset of the rash.
  • Scabies – must stay home until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
  • Whooping Cough – must stay home until 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment.

Parents are requested to observe these DECD protocols to prevent any outbreaks of infectious diseases in the school. If your child has a different infectious disease or condition and you are unsure of DECD policy, please check with the school before sending them.

Medication

A Medication Authority or other appropriate Health Care Plan signed by a doctor must be completed before we are able to administer medication at school. A Medication authority is required for any medication administered at school or school camps including non prescription medication (Claratyne, Panadol, medicated throat lozenges).

Please ensure that all medication brought to school is clearly labelled with the student's name, amount to be taken and frequency of use. Where the medication comes in liquid form, please send pre-measured amounts for daily use. Chemists will give you two labelled bottles if you ask.

Medication that has to be taken three times per day can be taken before school, after school and before bedtime and not come to school at all. In some cases GPs may prescribe long lasting antibiotics which only need to be taken twice a day.

Although we will do our best to assist, responsibility for the taking of medication rests with parents.

Please note: No medications are to be kept in a student’s bag or be carried by the student at any time.