Health

Asthma

Asthma Australia - Asthma Kids

Asthma Foundation Victoria

 

Headlice

Werribee Primary School Headlice Policy

Treating and Controlling Head Lice

Head Lice Management Guidelines

 

Further information can be found on the Department of Health Victoria's Website

 

Student Accident Insurance/Ambulance Cover arrangements and private property brought to school

The Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance / transport and any other transport costs.

Student personal accident insurance/ambulance cover policies are available from some commercial insurers, and can be obtained by parents/guardians for individual students.

Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage.

The Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

 

Medication at school

Before we are able to administer medication at school, we require the completion of a form giving us permission to do so. Forms are available at school or by clicking here, please complete one when dropping the medication at the office.

 

Exclusions from school

Principals are required to exclude students according to the following table under the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1990.  Note: The regulations require the parent/guardian to inform the principal as soon as practicable if the child is infected with any of the diseases listed in the table, or has been in contact with an infected person. It should be noted that in cases of diphtheria, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, exclusion and determination of recovery will be matters for the municipal medical officer of health.

 

–      ‘Contact’ means child of school age or preschool age living in the same house

         as the patient, or who has been in association with an infected person or a

         contaminated environment.

–      ‘Patient’ includes carrier.

–      ‘School’ includes any preschool centre, kindergarten, primary or secondary  

         school.

 

Patients or contacts shall be prevented from attending school unless they comply with the conditions hereunder prescribed.  It should be noted that during outbreaks of diseases prescribed in the table principals are to direct parents/guardians of students who are not immunised to keep their children at home for the recommended period.

 

Please notify the school immediately if your child is suffering from any of the diseases or conditions outlined in the table below. 

 



Disease or condition

Exclusion from school

Exclusion of contacts

CHICKENPOX

Until fully recovered or at least one week after the eruption first appears.

Not excluded

CONJUNCTIVITIS

(acute infectious)

Until discharge from eyes has ceased.

Not excluded.

Diphtheria

Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.

Domiciliary contacts excluded until investigated by the medical officer of health, or a health officer of the Department of Human Services, and shown to be clear of infection.

GIARDIASIS

(diarrhoea)

Until diarrhoea ceases.

Not excluded.

HEPATITIS

(infectious hepatitis)

Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection, or on subsidence of symptoms.

Not excluded.

HEPATITIS B

Until recovered from acute attack.

Not excluded.

IMPETIGO

(school sores)

Until sores have fully healed.  The child may be allowed to return provided that appropriate treatment has commenced and that sores on exposed surfaces such as scalp, face, hands and legs are properly covered with occlusive dressings.

Not excluded.

LEPROSY

Until receipt of a medical certificate of. recovery from infection.

Not excluded

MEASLES

Until at least five days from the appearance of rash or until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection

 

Non-immunised contacts must be excluded for thirteen days from the first day of appearance of rash in the last case unless immunised within seventy-two hours of first contact.

MENINGOCOCCAL INFECTION

Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.

Domiciliary contacts must be excluded until they have been receiving appropriate chemotherapy for at least forty-eight hours.

MUMPS

Until fully recovered.

Not excluded.

PEDICULOSIS

(head lice)

Until appropriate treatment. has commenced.

Not excluded

PERTUSSIS

(whooping cough)

Until two weeks after the onset of illness and until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.

 

Domiciliary contacts must be excluded from attending a children’s services centre for twenty-one days after the last exposure to infection if the contacts have not previously had whooping cough or been immunised against whooping cough.

POLIOMYELITIS

Until at least fourteen days after onset of illness and until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.

Not excluded.

RINGWORM

Until appropriate treatment has  commenced.

Not excluded.

ROTAVIRUS (diarrhoea)

Until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded.

RUBELLA

Until fully recovered or at least five days after onset of rash.

Not excluded

SCABIES

Until appropriate treatment has commenced.

Not excluded.

SHIGELLA (diarrhoea)

Until diarrhoea ceases.

Not excluded.

STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTION

(inc. scarlet fever)

Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.

 

Not excluded.

TRACHOMA

Until appropriate treatment has commenced.

Not excluded.

TUBERCULOSIS

Until receipt of a medical certificate from a health officer of the Department of Human Services that the child is not infectious.

Not excluded.

TYPHOID AND PARATYPHOID

Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection unless. a medical officer of health or a health officer of the Department of Human Services determines exclusion is necessary.

Not excluded

RUBELLA

 

The effects of rubella, particularly during the first three months of pregnancy, can be devastating to the unborn child.

 

Therefore, all women of child-bearing age should be immunised. It is strongly suggested that before the school immunisation takes place, all Year 6 children be given background information on the disease and the reasons for immunisation.

 

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