1. We consider the prevention and control of transmittable and communicable infectious micro-organisms (e.g. viruses, bacteria) to be a fundamental activity for the care of children within its facilities. While it is difficult to prevent the transmission of some micro-organisms (e.g. airborne respiratory viruses), it is possible to significantly reduce the incidents of transmission by:
2. The College has implemented procedures and practices that promote good health outcomes for all students and staff by:
3. It is the responsibility of the Principal to exclude from the College any student(s) suffering with routinely diagnosed cases of infectious diseases.
1. The purpose of this policy is to assist staff and parents of the College in identifying infectious and communicable diseases within the College community, and to provide procedures and best practices for reducing incidents of communicable diseases. By adhering to the measures outlined in this policy, the College will be able to reduce the transmission of such diseases among students, staff, and parents.
2. This policy applies to staff, students, and parents of the College community, and is to be communicated to parents via SEQTA/
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following documents:
1. Communicable disease refers to any infection or disease that can be transmitted from one person to another. Examples of such diseases include Varicella-zoster (Chicken Pox, Shingles), Conjunctivitis, Diarrhoea, Hepatitis, Impetigo (school sores), Measles, Mumps, Pediculosis (head lice), Meningococcal and Streptococcal infections, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Poliomyelitis, Ringworm, Rubella, Scabies, Trachoma, Tuberculosis, etc. From time to time, other notified infectious diseases will be covered by this policy.
2. Responses to outbreaks are classified according to the following three categories:
3. It is recommended that staff and parents familiarise themselves with the Department of Health’s Notifiable Communicable Diseases list (see s3). This list also provides information on which diseases the Department classifies as requiring immediate or urgent action.
1. Immunisations contribute to creating a shield of protection on College campuses and in the community. Parents are encouraged to have their children immunised, and they are obliged to provide the College with details of all immunisations. Please refer to section 3 for details on how to access the National Immunisations Program Schedule.2. A student entering Pre-primary to Year 12, who has not been immunised may still can be enrolled and attend the College. However, the enrolment form must indicate that the student has not been immunised.
1. Parents are requested to provide a record of their child’s immunisation history when completing an application for enrolment for their child as follows:
1. Where a student has not been immunised, the parent may provide an explanation in writing that:
3. The same rule applies to staff who have not been immunised.
In all cases of a communicable disease outbreak, parents of non-immunised students are to be contacted immediately.
The Principal will:
The purpose of this procedure is to provide the College with accurate data on students’ immunisation status so that in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease staff can quickly identify and contact parents of at-risk students. In order for the College to maintain accurate information on the immunisation status of students, the following procedures are to be followed:
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