East Adelaide SchoolEast Adelaide School

Student Health

Good health is vital to school progress. Before your child begins school it is wise to arrange a medical check up and make sure that all vaccinations are up to date. Children should be kept at home when there is doubt about their health. A letter of explanation is required for all school absences and should be sent to the class teacher as soon as the child returns to school. Continued unexplained absence is reported by the school to the Eastern Regional Attendance Counsellor. Please ring the absentee phone number 8362 4164 to notify the school each day your child is absent, preferably as soon as practical in the morning.

Health Support

It is a DECD requirement that we have a current Health Care Plan for all students who need individual health care and support, whether complex, short or long term. A Health Care Plan, signed by you and your health professional must be completed if your child suffers from or needs assistance with:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy or Seizures
  • Allergies: Severe (Analphylaxis) and Mild
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Personal Care Support (eg, assistance with continence care, eating and drinking or transfer and positioning)
  • Special Aid or Equipment

Severe Allergies

Some students have a severe nut or food allergy which can result in anaphylaxis and can be life threatening. Everyone needs to be aware that nuts and some foods can be highly dangerous for some people. You will be informed by letter if there is a student in your child’s class that has a severe food allergy.

Our Canteen does not sell nut products and we seek your cooperation in avoiding nuts and nut products such as peanuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, coconut, nut muesli bars, peanut paste, nutella and similar products when packing recess, lunch and party food.


Staff members can assist with medication that is detailed on a current Health Care Plan and Medication Authority. If your child is required to take antibiotics, we have been advised that before school, after school and at night times are suitable times for this to occur.

The school will not give pain relief medication to children except when specifically negotiated with parents through their health professional and detailed on a Health Care Plan and Medication Authority. Analgesics are not kept in the school. School staff cannot administer eye or ear drops.

In cases where medication must be taken during the day the following departmental procedures apply:

  • All medications including those purchased over the counter must be sent with a Medication Authority and a Health Care Plan. They must be in the original container with a chemist label detailing the child’s name and dose. Please ask the chemist to label the bottle or inhaler as well as the box. Your chemist will also be able to provide you with an empty labelled container in which you can place the dose to send to school.
  • The Health Care Plan and Medication Authority must be completed by the prescribing health professional, clearly indicating the medication, dosage and times the medication is to be taken, and signed by the doctor and parent. Asthma and Allergy medication is stored in the First Aid Office, with the exception of Year 3-7 asthma medication.
  • In line with recommendations from health professionals regarding independence and self-management of asthma medication, students in Years 3-7 are encouraged to keep their puffer in their school bag and use as required. Puffers must have a chemist label and an asthma care plan and medication authority signed by your child’s doctor is to be provided to the school office. Please see a staff member in the front office for further information.
  • Medication can not be administered if past the expiry date.

Further Information

Further information about Health Support and Medication Management can be found in the Health Support for Families brochure.

First Aid

The school has a First Aid room which caters for basic first aid requirements and provides temporary care until a parent or caregiver is able to collect their child. The school does not have a bed for students to lie down and seeks support from families by collecting their child promptly if they are unwell.

When students attend the First Aid room, parents are notified either:

  • by way of a First Aid Notification Slip
  • by phone if an accident causes concern, especially if there is head or eye injury
  • by phone if students are unwell and need to be collected

Communicable Diseases – Periods of Exclusion from School

Chicken Pox/Shingles Children do not attend school until all blisters have dried (usually 5 days)
Conjunctivitis Children do not attend until the discharge from the eyes has ceased unless a doctor has diagnosed non-infectious conjunctivitis
Gastroenteritis Children do not attend school until they have had no diarrhoea for 24 hours
Impetigo (School Sores) Children do not attend until the appropriate treatment has started. Any sores on the exposed surfaces should be completely covered with a dressing
Influenza/Swine Flu Children do not attend school until well
Measles Children do not attend school for at least 4 days from the appearance from the rash
Mumps Children do not attend school for 9 days after the onset of swelling
Rubella (German Measles) Children do not attend school until fully recovered for at least 4 days after the appearance of the rash
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Children do attend school until 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment, or for 21 days from the start of coughing

A more comprehensive list and further information can be found at: www.dh.sa.gov.au/pehs/youve-got-what.htm

Head Lice

The South Australian Health Commission recommends that hair is checked regularly for head lice. Checking and treating children’s hair is a parent’s responsibility. Sometimes schools offer to arrange head checks if there is a community outbreak of head lice. When head lice are detected in a class, a note explaining eradication procedures is sent home to every family so treatment may occur. If a student is found to have head lice they will be withdrawn from close contact with other children. Parents will be contacted to collect the student immediately so that treatment can be applied. The student can return to school after treatment.

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Frequently asked questions and answers:

My child will be attending preschool soon. When is the best time to vaccinate?

Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, Measles/mumps/rubella and Oral polio vaccine are due at 4 years of age and it is recommended that children be vaccinated as soon as possible after turning 4 years. In 2003 meningococcal vaccine can also be given at 4 years of age. Please check your child's records to ensure that they are fully immunised as this is an age when some vaccines can be missed.

My child's immunisation records have gone missing. Where can I get a record?

If your child was born before 1996 contact the doctor or immunisation clinic that vaccinated your child. Vaccinations done after January 1996 will be recorded on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. To request a copy of your child's immunisation records phone 1800 653 809.

My child's 'blue book' recommends a rubella vaccination at the age of 10-13 years. Is my child meant to have this vaccination?

No, as rubella was included in the second measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccination now due at 4 years of age. (In 1998 there was a catch up programme via the primary schools and most students received the second MMR, which included the rubella).

Should I give my child the chicken pox vaccine?

Although the chicken pox vaccine is not on the free schedule parents are encouraged to immunise their children against the disease. Your immunisation provider can provide the vaccine at a cost.

Where can I get more information about diseases, vaccines and the Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule?

You can access the website http://immunise.health.gov.au or speak to an immunisation provider such as your doctor, local council nurse or local community health nurse. The information is also included in a booklet 'Understanding Childhood Immunisation' which is given to all parents (with their 'blue' book) on the birth of a baby.