Health and Welfare of Students

"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." ~Bill Beattie


 We have limited facilities for treating illnesses at school.  For the safety and health of your child, other students and staff, parents are asked not to send unwell children to school.  When children do become ill at school every effort will be made to contact the parents or the emergency contact person to have the child picked up.  We would appreciate prompt collection of your child in these circumstances. In extreme cases an ambulance may be called at the school's discretion.  

The following Infectious Diseases summary and directions set down by the Health Department is provided for your information. 

Chicken Pox - Exclude from school until recovered or until at least 5 days after the first eruption appears.  Some remaining scabs are not an indication for continued exclusion. 

Conjunctivitis - Exclude from school until discharge from the eyes has ceased and treatment has commenced. 

Diarrhoea - Exclude while diarrhoea is present. 

German Measles (Rubella) - Exclude from school.  Re-admit on recovery or at least 4 days after the onset of the rash. 

Glandular Fever - Exclude while symptoms remain. 

Head Lice - Exclude until effective treatment has been instituted and nits removed from hair.  Family contacts will probably be infested and should be treated.  Other close contacts should be checked regularly for infestation. 

Head Lice information sheet

Hepatitis A - Exclude from school.  Re-admit on medical certificate of recovery or on subsidence of symptoms, but not before 7 days after onset of jaundice. 

Herpes: (Cold Sores) - Exclude from school until effective treatment (including proper use of occlusive dressings) has been instituted. 

Measles - Exclude, re-admit on medical certificate of recovery, or 7 days after appearance of the rash, if well (all children should be immunised against measles).  Non-immunised contacts should be excluded for 13 days after the appearance of rash in the last case identified in the school, unless contact was immunised within 72 hours of first exposure.

Parents are asked to notify the school immediately a diagnosis is confirmed by their family doctor. 

Mumps - Exclude from school for at least 9 days after the onset of symptoms. 

Ringworms - Exclude from school until after treatment has commenced. 

Scabies - Exclude from school until effective treatment has been instituted.  Family contacts will probably be infected and should be treated accordingly. 

Streptococcal Infections - Including scarlet fever.  Exclude, re-admit on medical certificate or recovery. 

Trachoma - Exclude from school until effective treatment has been instituted. 

Whooping cough (Pertussis) - Exclude from school for two weeks from the onset of illness or 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment.

Communicable Disease Guideline

Staff are not permitted to dispense tablets or medicines to children without written parental permission and we strongly encourage self-medication wherever feasible.   All prescription medications must be kept by the teacher to ensure it is not taken incorrectly or by another student. A ‘Medication Administration' form must be completed by the parent.