Children with infectious disease must, and will, be excluded from school for specified times.
Consult with your doctor and teacher if you need clarification. You may also wish to consult the Department of Health guidelines, which explain exclusion times for various infectious childhood conditions.
In cases of minor ailments, parents are asked to use their own judgment about whether the child is fit enough to attend school, but we ask that parents please consider the health of other children.
Children who become ill during a session will be removed from the group to rest and parents (or designated contact person) will be notified.
The use of medication in Queensland schools is strictly controlled. For safety, medication should be given during school hours only when this is absolutely unavoidable.
School staff will only administer medication that:
- has been prescribed by a qualified health practitioner (e.g. doctor, dentist);
- is in its original container; and
- has an attached pharmacy label.
Office staff will ask you to complete and sign Section 1 or the Administration of medication at school record sheet. If your child requires more than one medication, you will need to complete a form for each medication.
The general provisions about giving medication at school are:
- Non-prescribed oral medication such as aspirin or cough mixture cannot be administered by school staff unless it has been prescribed by your child's qualified health practitioner.
- Any prescribed medication, which is to be given at school, must have the full instructions printed by the chemist on the label of the medication. The instruction must indicate the student's name, specific times when medication is to be given, as well as the quantity to be given.
- Parents must notify the Principal in writing if the medication is no longer needed at school.
Requirements for students at risk of Anaphylaxis
If your child is at risk of anaphylaxis, it is important for you to provide the school with your child's emergency medication and their ASCIA Anaphylaxis Action Plan, completed by your doctor. This provides the instructions for the school to administer your child's medication in an emergency, which is specific to respond to their health condition.
Requirements for students at risk of Asthma
If your child has asthma and requires assistance to administer their medication, it is important for you to provide the school with your child's emergency medication and Asthma Action Plan, completed by your doctor. An Asthma Action Plan provides specific instructions for the school to administer your child's medication.