Illness, Injury and Sick Bay
The Sick Bay is for students injured or taken ill at school. Year Coordinators, College Leadership or teachers who are certified First Aiders admit students to Sick Bay. If the injury or illness is of a minor nature students will be sent back to class after observation and assessment and/or treatment. Staff will contact parents / carers when an illness seems long term or serious, or, worsens during observation so that medical assistance can be sought or that student taken home. The College does not have the staff or facilities to properly provide long term care for patients.
Year Coordinators are to be informed in writing of any medical treatment or procedure needed during school hours. Students who need to carry personal medication must have the Principal’s authorisation. Only Ventolin is subject to special conditions. It may be carried by registered asthmatics, does not have to be stored at the office, and may be supplied by staff to asthma sufferers in an emergency.
Medication brought to school by students must meet the following guidelines:
- Parents / Carers provide a written request authorising staff certified in first aid to supervise the administration of medication.
- Medication is kept under supervision in the Sick Bay and with Year Coordinators.
- Medication provided by the parents / carers must include an original pharmacy label detailing the name of the person authorised to take the medication, the dosage, the time to be taken and the medical practitioner’s name. Staff must follow the directions on the original label attached to the medication container.
The administration of over the counter medications, including analgesics and homeopathic medications are subject to the same accountabilities as prescription medications.
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.