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HEALTH
Medical Problems
The school asks to be notified of any medical problems from which students might suffer.  Students are also required to report to their teacher any accident or anything else which causes them distress. First Aid will be given by staff as immediate temporary treatment in the case of an accident.  After the emergency has been met, responsibility rests with the parents or family doctor.  The school’s obligation extends to placing the injured in the care of the proper people.  At school, a register is kept to record serious accidents.
 
Medication
Strict procedures have been developed by the Queensland Government regarding prescription and over-the-counter medication in schools. Our school is committed to working closely with parents and students to highlight the risk of students misusing these medications.
 
Prescribed Medications – referring to medications prescribed by a Doctor and purchased over the pharmacy counter.
  • A written request from a parent/caregiver and the medication includes an original pharmacy label detailing the name of the person authorised to take the medication, dosage, time to be taken and medical practitioner's name, potential side effects or adverse reactions.
 
Over-the-Counter Medications – referring to medications that do not require a Doctor’s prescription.
  • The administration of over-the-counter medications, including analgesics (e.g. Panadol) and homeopathic medications, are subject to the same accountabilities as prescription medications. However, as many over-the-counter medications will not have an original pharmacy label detailing the name of the person authorised to take the medication, dosage, time to be taken and
  • Medical practitioner's name, a letter from a medical practitioner will need to be provided to authorise administration of this medication.
 
 
Parents are requested to advise the staff how we can assist in the management of a health condition. To help us manage the medical condition please notify our school in writing when a change of dosage in medication is required. This instruction must be accompanied by a letter from a medical practitioner. Please advise our school in writing and collect the medication when it is no longer required at school.
If these above requirements are not fulfilled, parents will be contacted by the school to inform them that the medication provided will not be able to be administered as it does not meet departmental guidelines. These actions are to protect the students, as well as the staff
 

Headlice

From time to time infestations of head lice may occur.  We ask that you assist us by checking your child’s hair on a regular basis and treating it if necessary.  Where children are found to have head lice at school, parents are advised by letter and asked to commence treatment before the child returns to school.
 

Accidents 

If your child should have an accident of a serious nature or become ill, every effort will be made to contact the parents or your nominated emergency contact person.  If however, this cannot be done, the Principal (or in her absence, the teacher in charge) will take any necessary action to ensure the well-being of your child, including the use of the Ambulance service.

 

EXCLUSIONS

The Principal has to exercise due care and attention to all students.  This may necessitate the use of the right to exclude children with infections.  It is also a legal responsibility to report to the relevant authorities any cases of malnutrition, neglect or maltreatment.  Children suffering from a condition or disease should be excluded according to information supplied by the Department of Health.
 
Condition
Child with infection
Persons exposed to the child with infection
Chickenpox & Shingles
Exclude for a least 5 days after the first appearance of the rash & the last blister has scabbed over. (Some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion).
Exclude children with immune deficiencies (e.g. leukaemia or on chemotherapy), otherwise not excluded.
Conjunctivitis
Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased.
Not excluded
Diarrhoea
Exclude until diarrhoea has ceased for 24 hours.
Not excluded
Glandular Fever
Exclusion not necessary
Not excluded
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
Exclude until all blisters have dried.
Not excluded
Hepatitis A
Exclude until a medical certificate of recovery is received but not before seven days after the onset of jaundice or illness.
Not excluded
Hepatitis B
Exclusion not necessary.
Not excluded
Hepatitis C
Exclusion not necessary.
Not excluded
Herpes (cold sores)
Young children unable to comply with good hygiene practices should be excluded while sores are weeping. (Sores should be covered with a dressing where possible).
Not excluded
HIV AIDS virus
Exclusion is not necessary unless the child has a secondary infection.
Not excluded
Impetigo (school sores)
Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced.  Sores on exposed skin must be covered with a watertight dressing.
Not excluded
Influenza
Exclusion is not necessary
Not excluded
Measles
Exclude for at least four days after rash first appears.
Immunised children not excluded.  Non immunised children & staff should be excluded until 14 days after the first day the rash appears in the last infected person.  Excluded children or staff may return to the school if immunised with 72 hours of contact with the first infected person.
Bacterial Meningitis & Meningococcal Infection
Exclude until well.
Exclude until adequate carrier eradication therapy has been completed
Not excluded
Not excluded
Mumps
Exclude for 9 days or until swelling goes down.
Not excluded
Ringworm, Scabies, Head Lice
Readmit the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
Not excluded
Rubella (German measles)
Exclude until fully recovered or for at least four days after the onset of the rash
Not excluded
Streptococcal Infection
Exclude until child has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours
Not excluded
Tuberculosis
Exclude until well and approval to return has been given by a Public Health unit Physician or delegate.
Not excluded
Typhoid Fever
Exclude until well & approval to return has been given by a Public Health Unit Physician or delegate.
Not excluded unless advised by public health authority.
Whooping Cough
Exclude the child for five days after starting antibiotic treatment
Exclude unimmunised household contacts aged less than 7 years for 14 days after the last exposure to infection or until they have takes five days of a 10-day course of antibiotics. (Exclude close child care contacts until they have commenced antibiotics)

 

SUNSMART POLICY

 

Rationale

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.  Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. 
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are highest during the hours that children are at school. With this in mind, Grandchester State School realises the need to protect children’s skin and educate them about SunSmart behaviour, thus reducing the risk of skin damage from exposure to the sun.

Aims

The policy aims to:
·         Provide ongoing education that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer prevention and early detection;
·         Provide environments that support SunSmart practices;
·         Create an awareness of the need to reschedule work commitments and outdoor activities to support SunSmart practices.

Procedures

Our school recognises that winter sun also contributes to skin damage.  The implementation of this policy will therefore be conducted throughout the year.
The purpose of this SunSmart policy is to ensure that all children attending our school are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year.

Our Commitment

Grandchester State School will:
·         inform parents of the SunSmart policy when they enrol their child;
·         include the SunSmart policy statement in the school prospectus;
·         increase the amount of shade in the school grounds, where possible, by building shelters and planting trees;
·         incorporate education programs that focus on skin cancer prevention into the school curriculum;
·         encourage all teachers and staff to act as positive role models for children in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour;
·         seek ongoing support from parents and the school community for the SunSmart policy and its implementation, through newsletters, parent meetings etc.;
·         ensure that all students and staff wear hats that protect the face, neck and ears, and SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, when involved in outdoor activities;
·         encourage students without adequate sun protection to use shaded or covered areas at recess and lunch times;
·         review the school dress code to conform with the Queensland Cancer Council’s SunSmart clothing guidelines;
·         ensure that, wherever practicable, outdoor activities take place before 10a.m. or after 3p.m.;
·         ensure that adequate shade is provided at sporting carnivals and other outdoor events;
·         ensure that SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen is included in the school sports kit;
·         review the SunSmart policy annually.

Our Expectations

Parents/carers will:
·         provide a SunSmart hat for their child and ensure that they wear it to and from school.  The Queensland Cancer Council recommends the following hats:
·         8 – 10 cm broad-brimmed;
·         legionnaire-style;
·         encourage their children to apply SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before leaving for school;
·         ensure that their child’s clothing provides adequate protection from UVR.  The Queensland Cancer Council recommends clothing that has the following features:
·         dark-coloured;
·         collars and sleeves;
·         closely woven fabric;
·         natural fibre;
·         act as positive role models by practising SunSmart behaviour;
·         support the school’s SunSmart policy and help to design and regularly update the policy.
Students will:
·         be aware of the school’s SunSmart policy;
·         take responsibility for their own health and safety by being SunSmart;
·         comply with SunSmart rules and guidelines by wearing suitable hats, clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses;
·         apply SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors;
·         use shaded or covered areas when outdoors;
·         act as positive role models for other students in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour;
·         help to design and regularly update the SunSmart policy;
·         participate in SunSmart education programs.