Caring For Students - Student Health

2017 Alert - whooping cough (pertussis)
Please click on There has been a recent report of whooping cough (pertussis) amonst our student body...dated 21/3/2017 for more information.

Illness and Accidents
The school does not have a full-time First Aid Officer. Basic first aid is provided to students in case of illness or accidents, and parents are contacted to collect their child if necessary. Parents must provide a current telephone number at which they can be contacted in the event of illness or injury at school and notify the school if this number changes. Children should not be sent to school if they are unwell in the morning or sickness is anticipated.

All sick students must obtain a note from their class teacher or if at recess/lunch then a note from a teacher on playground duty before reporting to the Administration Office. If they are too ill to return to class the parents/caregivers will be contacted to collect their child. Parents come to the Administration Office and sign their child out of school for the remainder of the day.

If your child suffers from a disability, an allergy or chronic health issue, Medical Information Forms need to be completed at the time of the enrolment or when the parent becomes aware of a disability, an allergy or chronic health issue. Medical Information Forms are available from the Administration Office or can be downloaded from the school website – go to the tab “Caring for Students” and click on “Student Health”.

Promoting health, supporting student health care needs and reducing health risks are important to everyone at our school.

Prescribed medication
If your child is being prescribed medication that needs to be taken during the day, please inform us so that arrangements can be made for the medication to be administered. Please read the 
important information about prescribed medications at school.

If your child has been diagnosed with an allergy or allergies, it is important that you tell the principal as soon as you become aware of it, or if your child's allergy changes. If your child is diagnosed at risk of an
anaphylactic reaction an individual health care plan is developed that includes strategies to minimise the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

Managing complex health needs
individual health care plan is developed for each student with complex health needs. The plan supports students with severe asthma, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and those at risk of an emergency or requiring the administration of specific health care procedures.

Infectious diseases
There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people. Schools and parents should contact their local health network for advice regarding infectious diseases.

Head lice
Head lice outbreaks sometimes occur at school. If your child has head lice please treat your child and inform us. Daily combing of dry hair with conditioner can get rid of head lice. You should continue to send your child to school. Head lice information in community languages.

Healthy eating at school
Healthy food keeps children alert and focused and gives them the nutrition they need each day. Our school canteen provides a healthy, nutritious canteen menu in line with the 
Fresh Tastes NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. If your child brings their own lunch to school you can help by packing food that is interesting and nutritious. See lunch box ideas.

Somatic Health Complaints
Please click on
CoolKids & Adolescent Health Program to view information regarding: Helping distressed children and adolescents suffering from Somatic Health Complaints (including recurring headaches, stomach-aches etc).

Sun safety
Our school takes 
sun safety seriously. Children learn about how to protect themselves from the sun's damaging UV rays, and our school implements a range of sun protection strategies. Sun sense information in community languages.

Ear infections
Otitis media is a common middle 
ear infection which may cause fever or vomiting. If undetected, a child may suffer from hearing loss and their learning could be affected. Most ear infections respond readily to treatment.

Vaccinations for Students
Our school's immunisation program works in co-operation with our local health network of the NSW Department of Health who deliver the NSW adolescent school-based vaccination program to high school students.

Each year NSW Department of Health works in partnership with schools to offer vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program. Students will receive a Parent Information Kit early in the year. The Information Kit contains a consent form, checklist, information sheet and privacy statement that details how personal information will be collected, stored and utilised. Students cannot be vaccinated unless a completed and signed consent form is returned to school.

Should you have any enquiries regarding this program plese call the Immunisation Team at nepean Blue Mountains Local health District on 4734 2022. Further information regarding immunisation is available at
Health NSW.


See also

AnaphylaxisStudent healthStudent health conditionsHealthy kidsA-Z health topicsCancer Council New South WalesAsthma FoundationDiabetes Australia