Health and safety procedures
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 if you have any questions or concerns about any of their procedures.
Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. Please tell your child's school of any known allergies.
Schools can 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.
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.
You must inform your school if your child has any specific medical needs and/or needs medication during school hours.
The school can give prescription medication to your child if you provide:
- the medication in the original container with the pharmacy label
- written instructions from you (for short term medication) or your doctor (for routine or emergency medication).
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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.
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. If school staff notice head lice, they will send a message home and you will be asked to start the treatment.
Find out how to treat head lice and other useful information about head lice management.