Student Health & Wellbeing
Student Health and Wellbeing is a primary concern at Plenty Parklands Primary.
It is vital that you inform the office of any changes to your child's medical condition or to your emergency contact details.
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. Please remember that staff are not nurses or medically trained. They 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 regularly update Asthma, Anaphylaxis (EPIPEN) training and CPR, as required by DET.
Sick or injured students who are unable to return to class will 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. It is available from your GP. This must be completed in consultation with your doctor and outline the dosage and frequency of asthma medication for your child. Children will keep their own clearly named asthma puffer and/or spacer with them in the classroom and take it to specialist subjects, especially Physcial Education, and sport.
If your child needs to use a school puffer and spacer, legislation now requires that you keep the used spacer and replace it for future emergency use by other students at the school.
SERIOUS LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Parents of children who have a serious medical condition are expected to notify the school. A Student Action Plan needs to be developed in consultation with your doctor and documented by the school. A Student Health Management Plan will be created and 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 the school with a current Epipen and any other medication.
In the event that a student is seriously injured and requires treatment, an ambulance will be called. Parents/guardians or emergency contacts will be informed. 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.
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 or long term medication to be administered at school, the following process is to be implemented.
You are to provide the school with a signed Medication Authority Formcompleted by your child’s medical practitioner with instructions for dispensing medication. (This applies both to prescription and over the counter medicines.) You can contact the First Aid Officer for a Medication Authority Form or get a copy from Compass or the school website.
Due to legal issues, the school cannot dispense medication to students without approval from a medical practitioner.
If advice cannot be provided by your child’s medical/health practitioner, the principal (or their nominee) may agree that written authority can be provided, or the Medication Authority Formcompleted, by their parent/guardian. This is for short term use of the medication only.
A Medication Authority Form must be completed for long term or ongoing medications.
We ask that the dispensing of medication be timetabled for 1.00pm, the start of lunch break, so that children do not miss out on teaching and learning time. If this time is impossible, please contact the office 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.
The medication must be in original packaging clearly labelled with your child’s name, home group, name of medication, the dosage required and the time the medication needs to be administered.
Provide up to, but no more than, one week’s medication at a time. Please ensure that the medication is within its expiry date. Students who are on long term medication can bring more than one week's supply.
If your child requires long term medication, please provide a new Medication Authority Formfrom the medical practitioner whenever the dosage or type of medicine changes. The school will file this information.
You or your child are to bring the medication and the Medical Authority Form to the First Aid room at the start of the day so that full details can be entered in the Medication Folder, the Medical Authority Form filed and the medication stored in the locked cupboard or fridge as required.
It is important that 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 as required.
Students are not to bring medication to school and keep in their bags to self administer because all medication are to be stored in the lockable cupboard to eliminate access by other students. Students can, however, carry their own asthma puffers, and diabetes medication.
Excursions, sports carnivals, swimming etc.
Please provide one day’s supply of medication in a sealed container with your child’s name, name of medication, dosage and the time the medication is to be taken written on it or attached to it, to their classroom teacher to take on the excursion or sports event. A Medical Authority Formfrom 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 and embarrassment for children. 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 to limit contact with 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 that treatment has been applied has been signed. 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.
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. You may prefer to provide a change of clothes in your child’s bag and tell their home group teacher. 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 and change the child.
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