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, or alternatively SMS 0409 965 052, to notify the school each day your child is absent, preferably as soon as practical in the morning.
It is a Department for Education 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:
- 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
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 about Health Support and Medication Management can be found in the Health Support for Families brochure.
East Adelaide School