Health

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Some illnesses contracted by children require exclusion from school for specific periods. The more common ones are outlined below.

 

Chicken Pox

Exclude child from school. Child can return to school 7 days from onset if well, or on presentation of a medical certificate that the child is no longer infectious.

 

Infectious Hepatitis

Exclude child from school until certified well by a medical practitioner, or when symptoms have subsided.

 

Measles

Exclude child from school. May be re-admitted with a medical certificate, or 7 days from the appearance of the rash. This is a notifiable disease. A doctor must confirm all cases, and the school informed.

 

Mumps

Exclude child from school. May be re-admitted with a medical certificate, or 14 days from the onset of symptoms if the child is well.

 

Pediculosis (Nits, or Egg s of Head Lice)

Exclude child until treatment of eggs and lice has commenced. The Council Health Surveyor and the Community Health Sister are able to provide advice when required.

 

Ringworm

Exclude child from school. May be re-admitted on medical advice that the child is no longer likely to carry infection.

 

Rubella (German Measles)

Exclude child from school. May be re-admitted with a medical certificate, or 5 days after onset of rash.

 

Whooping Cough

Exclude child from school. May be re-admitted with medical certificate or 2 weeks from onset.

 

ILLNESS, ACCIDENTS AND ALLERGIES

In accordance with the Department of Education and Training Student Health Care policy document Coolbellup Community School and Coolbellup Learning Centre aim to make provision for:

• Students to have access to medication on a regular basis for medical conditions;

• Identified students to have access to medication when in an emergency situation;

• The control of drugs within the school; and

• Central control of medication to ensure best practice.

Illness

A child who becomes ill at school will be made as comfortable as possible. In such a situation parents will be asked to collect the child from school.

NOTE – A child who is sick is better off at home. The school does not have adequate facilities or resources to cope with sick children.

Accidents

Minor accidents will be treated by school staff, however if an accident occurs at school that is regarded as serious, parents will be notified immediately, and further action will depend on the circumstances of the injury. It is important that relevant details on contact phone numbers and emergency contacts are kept up to date.

Allergies

Coolbellup Community School and Coolbellup Learning Centre aim to establish an allergy friendly environment where risks are reduced to the extent possible but where all concerned recognise the need for ongoing vigilance. It is essential that parents/caregivers inform the school of any known health care or medical condition. Once informed, the school will develop a management plan for the student.