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Student Health

Medication


Following Workplace, Health & Safety guidelines all medication (clearly labelled with the student’s name and in the original packaging) needs to be delivered to our school office.  The parent or guardian is asked to complete a Medical Authority Form to allow the administration of medication each year. Non-prescribed medications, for example Panadol, must have a prescription by a doctor/chemist if it is to be administered by staff. Otherwise they should not be brought to school.
Allergies

St. Benedict’s is an allergy aware school! Fortunately most allergies are not life-threatening. For some people however, exposure to certain allergens can result in the most severe form of allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The St. Benedict’s staff have completed training specific to allergy and anaphylaxis. Procedures for emergency response and strategies to eliminate and minimise risk for our students are in place to ensure all students are safe at school.
 
Parents of a child requiring emergency medication need to provide the school with an emergency action plan that is developed and signed by the prescribing health practitioner. This plan is reviewed annually, or whenever there are changes to the child’s health needs, to ensure that it remains relevant for the child. To view our current Anaphylaxis Policy simply click on the desired link below:
Infectious Diseases

Parents are asked to advise the school at the earliest opportunity when their child has been diagnosed as suffering from an infectious disease such as chicken pox, diphtheria, mumps, whooping cough, measles, rubella (German measles), hepatitis etc. Children suffering from an infectious disease should be kept at home until the risk of infection to other children is passed.
Please refer to the Recommended Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions produced by Queensland Health:
Head Lice

Head lice is a recurring problem in most schools. The eradication of head lice requires the cooperation and concerted efforts of all parents to ensure the early detection and prompt treatment of any infestation. The procedures at school, once we become aware of a case of Head Lice, is to send notification home to all parents of that relevant year level. We would ask that children who have Head Lice are not to come to school until their hair has been treated appropriately. It is not appropriate for our staff to individually check children's hair as this is the responsibility of the parent/ caregiver. For more information see the Head Lice Fact Sheet available on the Queensland Health Website:
Sun Safety Procedures

All children are required to wear the school hat when participating in any outdoor activities (PE Lessons, Daily Fitness Activities and Play). Children without a correct hat will remain seated in the undercover area of the school. To view our current SunSmart Policy simply click on the desired link below: