Student Health

Medication
Some children attending school need medication to manage illnesses such as asthma and allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Before medication can be given, parents need to consult with the grade teacher and then assist the teacher by supplying medication in a container which states the name of the child, the dose, and the time the medication is to be given. Parents also need to give written authority for staff to administer medication. Children who have asthma or anaphylaxis require an asthma or anaphylaxis management plan. Please obtain a form from the office.

To avoid confusion, and for safety reasons, medication should be clearly labelled, otherwise for safety reasons it will not be administered.

Student Records
The need to have up to date information about your child is of paramount importance. This is particularly in the case of an emergency.

Student records will be sent home at the start of each year and need to be returned promptly. If during the year there are any changes to information given initially, (name, address, phone numbers, emergency contact numbers etc.) please notify the school of these changes immediately.

SunSmart
The danger period for UV rays is between 10.00am and 2.00pm (11.00am and 3.00pm daylight saving time) when damage to children's skin can occur in as little as ten minutes. Children are asked to bring a hat and sunscreen to school to leave in their tub or bag so they are available for use at any time. It is part of our school policy that all students must wear hats when outdoors during Term 1 and Term 4. Please ensure that your child has a sun-smart, school hat.

Head Lice
Head lice are tiny unwelcome insects, which enjoy living in people's hair. Head lice rapidly spread from person to person and for this reason we urge you to check your child's hair on a weekly basis. If you find lice in your child's hair, you must treat them and eradicate the live lice before your child can return to school.

Conditioner and comb treatment (as recommended by numerous Australian health sites)

  • Apply conditioner to dry hair, covering from root to tip with conditioner
  • Detangle the hair using an ordinary comb
  • Immediately comb the hair with a fine tooth comb (metal combs with long rounded teeth such as the KP24 or Licemeister combs are far more effective than plastic combs)
  • Wipe the conditioner off the comb onto a tissue and look for lice and eggs
  • Repeat combing for every part of the head 5 times
  • Examine the comb for lice and eggs

First Aid / Sick Children
If your child is ill, please keep them home. Your child will recover much faster at home and be able to return to school refreshed and ready for learning.

If your child does become ill during the school day, they will be taken to the school sick bay. At this time you will be contacted to come and take your child home. It is extremely important that we have an emergency contact number. If we cannot contact you personally, we require an alternative person that you can nominate, who is able to collect your child in your absence.

If you have shared custody, you need to notify us in writing of the arrangements to be made if your child becomes ill during the day.
Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. We do not have the facilities or personnel to cope with sick children.

When you arrive to collect your sick child, please go to the office and sign the early dismissal book before taking your child home. The sick bay is in the senior building next to the office.

Exclusions from School

Infectious Diseases
Each child enrolling at school for the first time is now required to present an immunization certificate for school entry (obtainable from the Health Department of the Whitehorse Council) this is to help prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases. Parents must obtain this record from the local council. Children who have not been immunized must be excluded for thirteen days (from the first day of the appearance of rash) during outbreaks of measles.

A sick child's place is at home. The school is not able to handle illnesses. Some common diseases are listed below with the appropriate details of absence required.

Infection Exclusion Period
Chickenpox At least seven days after the beginning of the
illness until the last lesion is healed.
Viral Hepatitus Until a medical certificate is produced.
Measles Seven days or a medical certificate.
Mumps Fourteen days.
Rubella Ten days after the appearance of the rash.
Scarlet Fever Until a medical certificate is produced.
Whooping Cough Four weeks or a medical certificate.
Ringworm Until a medical certificate is produced.
Impetigo Until the child is receiving treatment.

Dental Health
School Dental Service provides a bi-annual service to children in a number of grades. Free Dental Service is also provided to eligible pupils whose parents or guardians have a:

  • Health Care Card
  • Health Benefits Card
  • Pensioner Health Benefits Card

Parents are advised and permission sought before this service proceeds.