Student Health and Wellbeing
Student Health and Wellbeing is a primary concern at Plenty Parklands Primary.
First aid at school is the initial care of the ill or injured.
The school provides basic first aid facilities and first aid kits for excursions, sport and camps.
Staff members are rostered to provide first aid assistance each recess and lunch break.
Staff members are not expected to diagnose or medically treat illness as this can only be done by a doctor or paramedic.
Staff members are expected to provide a duty of care within the limits of their skills and expertise.
Designated staff members hold Level 2 First Aid qualifications and all staff annually update Asthma, Anaphylaxis (EPIPEN) training and CPR as required by DET.
Sick or injured students who are unable to return to class will normally be sent home with parents/guardians or emergency contacts. (Ensure your contact details are up to date at the office.)
Students who are obviously not well should not be sent to school.
There is an exclusion list for contagious diseases. Check with your doctor or phone the school.
ASTHMA MANAGEMENT PLANS
If your child suffers from asthma, you need to complete an Asthma Management Plan and lodge it with the office.
This must be completed in consultation with your doctor and outline the dosage and frequency of asthma medication for your child.
Children should carry their own clearly named asthma puffers and/or spacer with them at all times.
If your child needs to use a school puffer, legislation now requires that you keep the used one and replace it for future emergency use by other students at the school.
It is vital that you inform the office of any changes to your child's medical condition or to your emergency contact details.
SERIOUS LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Parents of children who have a serious medical condition are expected to notify the school.
A Student Health Management Plan will be agreed to in consultation with your doctor and documented by the school. A copy will be kept in the classroom, the specialist rooms and First Aid room.
As per DET guidelines, parents/guardians of children at risk of anaphylaxis must provide the school with a copy of an ASCIA action plan that has been signed by a medical practitioner.
They must also provide an Epipen and any other medication to the school.
In the event that a student is seriously injured and requires treatment beyond basic first aid, parents/guardians or emergency contacts will be informed.
If parents are unable to collect the child within a reasonable time, as determined by the staff member in charge, an ambulance will be called.
The student’s welfare and pain relief will take overall priority. Further diagnosis and treatment will be the responsibility of paramedics.
You are strongly encouraged to have ambulance cover.
DRUGS AND MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Regulations require that any medications supplied by parents/guardians should be stored in a locked cupboard or drawer, away from First Aid supplies.
Medication is dispensed from the First Aid room, not classrooms.
Schools are not permitted to have supplies of over the counter medications.
If a student needs short term or long term medication to be administered at school, the following process is implemented:
You are to provide the classroom teacher with a letter from their child’s medical practitioner with instructions for dispensing medication. (This applies both to prescription and over the counter medicines.)
An official chemist’s label with your child’s name is acceptable for prescription medicines.
We ask that the dispensing of medication be timetabled for 1.00pm to 1.15pm, the start of lunch break, so that children do not miss learning time. If this time is impossible, please contact the teacher to organise an alternative time.
You can come to the school and administer medication at 1.00pm if you would prefer to do it that way.
Due to legal issues concerning drugs, the school cannot dispense medication to students without approval from a medical practitioner.
When needed you are to provide up to, but no more than, one week’s medication at a time.
The container must be clearly labelled with your child’s name, home group and name of medication.
If your child requires long term medication, please provide new advice from the medical practitioner whenever the dosage of medicine changes or the type of medicine changes. The school will file this information.
You or your child can then take the medication and medical practitioner’s instructions to the First Aid room so that full details can be entered in the Medication Folder, the medical practitioner’s instructions filed and the medication stored in the locked cupboard.
If medication needs to be stored at less than 20° please place it in a small insulated container.
It is important children take increasing responsibility for remembering to go to the First Aid room to take their medication. Parents are asked to check daily with their child that they have gone to the First Aid room for their medication.
We are unable to go looking for children who do not attend.
Parents can ask office staff to view their child’s records in the First Aid room any time before or after school. We ask that parents speak to their child if they are not going to the First Aid room to take their medication.
Students are not to bring medication to school to keep in their bags and self-administer.
All medication and drugs are to be stored in the lockable cupboard to eliminate access by other students. Students are, however, to carry their own asthma puffers and/or spacers.
Excursions, sports carnivals, swimming etc.
Parents are to provide one day’s supply of medication in a sealed container with child’s name, name of medication and dosage, to the classroom teacher to take on the excursion or sports event.
A letter from the medical practitioner is required if the school hasn’t already got one.
A general First Aid Kit is taken on excursions, etc., which includes an emergency asthma puffer and some diabetes treatment.
Individually owned epipens will also be taken on excursions.
There are very comprehensive forms and requirements specific to camps. You will receive full details prior to each camp.
Nits and Lice in the Hair
Whilst these do not cause illness they do cause discomfort. We urge you to check your children’s hair weekly.
As per our dress code, all children with long hair are expected to tie it back so that it does not touch other children’s hair.
Parents of students discovered with live head lice will be contacted by the office and given the option to collect their child.
Any student with head lice will be given an “Examination for Head Lice” notice and cannot return to school unless the declaration has been signed that treatment has been applied.
Students will not be able to attend the Out of School Hours Care Program that day.
Hair must be treated that night.
Contact Whittlesea City Council for further advice.
TOILETING ACCIDENTS – students who wet or soil themselves at school.
Please ensure your child can change their clothes in case of an accident at school.
If your child wets their pants, they will be provided with a change of clothes if there is one available.
If not, a parent/guardian will be contacted.
Wet clothes will be tied in a plastic bag and sent home with the child. Parents are to launder and return the school’s clothes as soon as possible as we have a limited supply.
If a child soils their pants, staff members are not expected to change clothes. Parents/guardians or the emergency person will be contacted to come up and change the child.
You may prefer to provide a change of clothes in your child’s bag and tell their child’s home group teacher.
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