13 October 2004
27 May 2020
Staff, students, parents
National Principles 1, 4-8, 10
Rehoboth Christian College is committed to its Duty of Care for our students. We will endeavour to care for sick and injured students and those with a medical disability within the scope of our Duty of Care policy.
This policy applies to students and appropriate staff. Staff should refer to the appropriate section and note which items apply to them.
1. Use of sick bay: At the Secondary School, the Sick Bay can accommodate one student at a time. They must be visible and under supervision at all times. At the Primary School, students who are unwell will stay with the Administration staff until collected by their parents/emergency contacts.
2. First Aid-qualified staff: The College will facilitate staff qualifications in first aid procedures to assist students in an emergency. No school nurse is available on an ongoing basis to care for sick students.
3. Unwell students: Sick students may pass on their illness to other students and staff, especially those students who may be immune-deficient and are therefore susceptible to sickness. Therefore, if a child is sick and is unable to stay in class, they must be brought to the Administration Office where they will be monitored. If a student is obviously unwell, the parents or carer will be notified and requested to come and remove them from school as soon as possible. Parents will be encouraged to keep sick children at home to ensure others are not affected.
4. Injury: If an injury occurs, the child will be assessed and, if appropriate, the parent contacted immediately. Parents may be required to seek doctor’s assistance. If the injury is perceived to be serious, the College will have the child immediately hospitalised by Ambulance, payable by the parents.
5. Staff connected with an incident must complete an Incident and Hazard Report Form.
1. Parents must advise the College of students with a medical condition through SEQTA and Consent2Go and will be asked to supply a medical action plan.
2. A register of students with medical conditions is kept by the Administration.
3. Staff directly involved with these students will be informed.
4. Information regarding students with medical conditions will be clearly displayed in the Staff Rooms and/or the Sick Room and will include photos of the students and emergency care procedures.
5. Teachers will also have these on file in their Critical Information File.
6. This information will also be kept in the relief teacher files in each classroom.
1. Pre-arranged medication: If a child requires medication whether on a regular basis or over a limited period of time, parents must either give written permission or present the medication in person for the school to administer the medication. All medication must be kept in the Administration office or Early Learning areas where it can be kept safely in the correct conditions. In the case of medication requiring refrigeration, the medication will be kept in the Early Learning Centre or staffroom fridges.
2. Medication not pre-arranged: If a student needs medication that has not been prearranged, (e.g. Panadol for a headache), a parent or carer must be contacted to gain permission for the staff member to administer the medication. In the Primary school, administration staff will check for permission in Consent2Go or SETA, but will also follow up with a phone call to the parents to confirm this and to check when the medications was last administered by them. Please note that any “S8” or medications labelled a “controlled” drug (such as codeine or dexamphetamine) needs to be placed in locked storage.
3. In the case of an emergency such as an Anaphylactic episode, the medication will be administered immediately with parents then being notified. In an extreme case, an ambulance will be called as the medication is being administered with parents then being notified.