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Health and safety procedures

These are some commonly referenced procedures related to health and safety in our schools.

A procedure is a step-by-step guide that helps schools:

  • meet all their legal responsibilities
  • comply with relevant standards and policies.

Contact your school first if you have any questions or concerns.


Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. Please tell your child's school of any known allergies.

Schools are aware of how to deal with severe and sudden allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis). Detailed guidelines explain ways to minimise all students' exposure to potential allergens.

Read more about anaphylaxis management.

When biting insect populations increase (e.g. after heavy rains), use insect repellent to prevent insect bites. Read more about insect viruses and allergies.

Managing medications

Schools are only allowed to administer medication:

  • as directed by a medical practitioner with a written request by a parent or carer
  • where emergency first-aid medication is needed.

If your child has any specific medical needs, you must inform your child's school. If your child has to take medication during school hours, we ask that you provide a letter from a prescribing health practitioner.

Read more about administration of medication in schools.

Contagious conditions

Some conditions, like measles or chicken pox, are contagious and students with these conditions need to be kept away from school so the disease doesn't spread. There are recommended 'time out' periods for different conditions.

Read more about managing contagious conditions and recommended time out periods (PDF, 170KB).

Another common contagious condition in schools is head lice. You should check your child regularly for head lice and follow the recommended treatment if they are found. Where school staff notice head lice, they will send a message home and you will be asked to start the treatment.

Read more about head lice management at school and at home.

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Last updated
21 January 2014

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