Sickness & Medical

BEFORE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE
A qualified Sister, from the NSW Department of Health, will test children prior to the commencement of Kindergarten. Parents will be responsible for arranging a time for this testing.

The qualified Nursing Sister also visits school to screen Kindergarten children who have not had before-school screening.

SICKNESS EXCLUSION TABLES
From time to time young children catch a variety of contagious diseases.

The NSW Health Department has produced a detailed chart outlining the symptoms and signs, how long a child should be isolated or excluded from school, and how long contacts should be excluded. A copy of this chart is held in the school office. Diseases listed are:

 

 

Acute Conjunctivitis Chicken Pox
Diphtheria Glandular Fever
Infectious Hepatitis Measles
Rubella Whooping Cough
Impetago Pediculosis (Head Lice)
Ringworm Scabies
Mumps

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER
In the interest of your child’s health and safety, it is essential that the school has at least one reliable emergency telephone contact, other than a parent’s number. Sick and injured children become extremely distressed when contact cannot be made with a parent or a reliable family member or friend.

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

  • If a child is not well at the beginning of the day please do not send him/her to school. There is no nurse at school, nor are there suitable facilities for supervising sick children out of the classroom. A sick child cannot focus on school work.
  • If a child is absent through sickness for one or two days please send a note the next day for school records. For longer absences please telephone the school to inform us, and provide a note on return to school
  • If a child is absent for more than six days we would like to have a Doctor’s Certificate for our records.
  • It is the Principal’s responsibility to require that children will contagious illnesses are excluded from school for the required period.

COMMON ILLNESSES -SYMPTOMS AND PROCEDURES

MEASLES: Begins as a bad cold-in-the-head, running eyes and nose. Blotchy spots becoming a rash. Exclude for at least 7 days from first appearance of rash or until medical certificate of recovery is produced. (Contacts not excluded as all children should be immunised against measles.)

RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES): Begins as sore throat, then blotchy spots becoming a rash. Exclude until fully recovered. (Contacts not excluded). 

MUMPS: Begins with pain and bulging at side of neck and in front of ear, sometimes one side, sometimes two. Exclude until fully recovered. (Contacts not excluded).

WHOOPING COUGH: Exclude 4 weeks or until medical certificate is produced.

CHICKEN POX: Symptoms-pimples to watery blobs to dry blobs or scabs. Exclude until fully recovered, minimum of 7 days from onset.

IMPETAGO (SCHOOL SORES): Exclude until sores are fully healed. The child may be allowed to return provided that appropriate treatment is being applied and that exposed sore/s are completely covered with a clean dressing. (Contacts not excluded).

HEAD LICE: Look for small brownish shiny specks stuck to the hair. These are nits (eggs). Lice are little insects that are seldom seen except when combing. They are smaller than a pin head. If you find nits inform the school and collect a brochure from the office re treatment or see your Chemist. Treatment must be re-applied until all nits have been removed. Check children’s hair weekly. If hair is very long keep it tied or plaited. You can protect your child’s hair by spraying it with a preventative treatment from your chemist or health shop. Anyone can catch head lice where many people work or play together. It’s no disgrace. It occurs most often during change of season.

Children may be sent home from school if they have headlice to be treated. All eggs must be removed  before they return to school (as one live egg can reinfect). Whilst exclusion from school is not compulsory it is strongly recommended as a courtesy to the school community that your child remains at home until all eggs have been removed. The children must present at the office to be checked before returning to school. If all parents are vigilent in this area we will be able to keep outbreaks miminal.

  

PROCEDURES IN CASE OF ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL

  • Minor accidents are treated at school.
  • All accidents involving a blow to the head, or where real injury is suspected, are reported to parents
  • The school needs up to date information to contact you especially in an emergency. We need home and work addresses and phone numbers plus phone numbers of a neighbour and /or relative who could help us find you. Please inform us in writing of any changes to these contacts during the year
  • On days when you know neither parent can be contacted at the given phone numbers please see your child has an Emergency Card or Note in his/her school bag giving details of where you can be contacted. If we can’t raise you we will check the school bag.
  • Our procedure if we cannot contact you, and we think the child needs medical attention, is to take him/her directly to a nearby doctor, the public hospital or call the ambulance.
  • Each year on your up-dating Family Information Sheet you are asked to give your permission for us to take this step.
  • Medication – due to new policies associated with the dispensing of Medication in schools it is necessary for us to obtain permission and indemnity forms from the parents or guardians of each child receiving medication. These forms are available from the school office. Medication can only be administered if these forms are filled out.
  • The school pays a subscription to the Ambulance. If the Ambulance is called, the child using this service is covered by this subscription.