Student Health & Wellbeing

See: Health & Wellbeing Policy

 


St Saviour’s Primary School seeks to promote the health and wellbeing of our students. A holistic approach to health and wellbeing recognises the dynamic interplay of the physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the person and the impact that each of these has in the learning process. The promotion of healthy behaviours and lifestyles is particularly relevant in today’s society given the increasing public health concerns of our nation. The school as a workplace is bound by relevant legislation.



ACCIDENTS AT SCHOOL
Parents will be contacted as soon as possible when their child has been involved in an accident during the day. There are first aid officers within the school who will assist the student til their parents arrive.

Minor Injuries – First Aid Officers assist the child
Serious Injuries –The ambulance is called first, parents straight after the ambulance and the child is assisted by the First Aid Officer while waiting for the ambulance and parents

Please also refer to the School's First Aid Policy.

N.B.    Please ensure that your telephone contacts lodged with the school are current, in case of emergency.


ALLERGIES & ANAPHYLAXIS
Students that require an Epi Pen must have one for the office and one on them at all times.  Both Epi Pens must be clearly labelled with the student’s name and photo for easy identification.  The roving Epi Pen must be in a bum bag so it is carried with the child at all times.  Please see the office staff if you have any questions. An Action Plan authorised by a doctor must be completed for these students.

Please also refer to the School's Anaphylaxis Policy


ASTHMA
An Asthmatic Register is maintained in the office.  Teachers have been made aware of the asthmatic children in their class and parents are encouraged to keep teachers informed of any concerns or developments regarding asthma triggers. Parents are required to provide the school with an action plan for their child if they suffer from Asthma.

Please also refer to the School's Asthma Policy


DIABETICS
The staff must be informed of this situation. Students will be monitored at the front office to ensure all treatment is administered and recorded appropriately. 


FIRST AID
The First Aid Kit is located in the Sick Room, Groundsman shed and the Prep classrooms.  A portable First Aid Kit, used for excursions and times when students leave the school grounds, is kept in the Sick Room cupboard.  The Prep room maintains a minor First Aid Kit of bandaids etc for minor incidents. A portable first aid bag (waist bag) is used during lunch duties.

There are two staff members who are the school First Aid Officers.  All staff members ask the officers if they are unsure of treatment.  However, parents are always phoned to notify you of the incident.

All treatment of individuals is recorded in the School First Aid Record Book by the person who is treating the individual.  In the case of serious incidents the teacher to whom the accident is reported needs to ensure that the School Accident Form (located in the Sick Room) is completed.  It is then passed to the Principal, who determines if further reports to the Diocesan and the Division of Workplace Health and Safety are required.

All staff members are encouraged to gain their First Aid qualifications. There is a list of qualified first aid staff members in the staff room.

 
HEADLICE
From time to time cases of head lice are reported to the school. As anyone can be easily infected, parents and caregivers are asked to be vigilant by periodically checking their child’s hair.  If head lice are found, then immediate attention is required to prevent them from spreading. Various lotions and shampoos are available from chemists for the treatment of this problem.

What happens if your child gets head lice?

DON’T PANIC – Most children have head lice at some time in their school life. Begin treatment immediately and check for effectiveness. (For more information see the "Managing Head Lice at Home" package available on the Queensland Health Website).

Send your child back to school as soon as effective treatment has commenced. Your child is not a risk to others as long as treatment has commenced.   Please refer to the school's Head Lice Policy.


HEALTH RECORDS
At the beginning of each school year, it is important that parents inform us of any changes to children’s health records, emergency contacts etc. Please keep us informed of changes as they occur. In the event of an emergency or accident the decision we make will depend upon the information which you have provided.


MEDICATION – Administration to Students
Prescribed medication will be administered as directed by the child’s doctor or as set out on the original bottle label by the pharmacist. Where children are required to take medication a “Letter of Authorisation”(At the Office) must be completed. Panadol or other non-prescription medicine cannot be administered under any circumstance. Parents have to come to the school if Panadol is required.

Please Note: We cannot administer the 1st dose of any medication.

Any medication to be administered must be given to the teacher and sent to the office to be kept in a secure area. Only office staff or leadership team members can administer medication. 

Please refer to the school's Medication Policy.


REDUCING THE SPREAD OF INFECTIONS
Infections with or without illness, are common in children. When children attend school they are exposed to a large number of children, increasing the opportunity for the spread of infectious diseases. It is not possible to prevent the spread of all infections and illnesses within schools, however a lot of illnesses from infectious disease can be prevented.

Please refer to the Recommended Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions produced by Queensland Health and the school's Infection Control Policy.


SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC
Free Dental services are available through the School Dental Service conducted by the State Department of Health. The Dental Van no longer visits schools but parents are expected to visit the local hospital if they wish to use this service.  Forms are sent home through the school so parents may then contact the Dental Clinic.


SICK CHILDREN
Children complaining of ill health are sent to the Office where a decision is made as to what action is taken (period in sick bay or contact with parent). Office staff will report back to teachers if a child is being taken home.  We have two First Aid Officer’s on staff..  Other staff members have their first aid certificate too. These are displayed on the sick bay window.


SUN SMART BEHAVIOUR
At St. Saviour’s Primary School we realise 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. We aim to provide an environment that supports SunSmart practices and to create an awareness of the importance of sun safety, during outdoor activities.   Please refer to the school's SunSmart Policy.

 

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ST SAVIOURS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
14 Lawrence Street (PO Box 1145), Toowoomba  Q  4350
Principal: Mrs Donna Muir

Phone: 07 4637 1555  |  Fax: 07 4637 1556  |  Email: ssps@twb.catholic.edu.au
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