If your child needs to take medication during school hours you will need to complete certain documentation. If it is prescription medication the documentation also needs to be completed by a medical practitioner. All medication must be brought to the office and collected by a parent or guardian. The medication also needs to be in its original packaging with the child’s name, dosage and prescribing doctor’s name. A record will be kept at the school office of all medication administered.
Students requiring medication on a school excursion or camp will be advised as to the requirements but generally any medication kept at the school will accompany the student offsite. For further clarification, please contact the class teacher or school office.
Parents are asked not to send sick children to school. In a close classroom environment, particularly in winter, illness spreads very quickly. If children fall ill at school, parents will be contacted to collect their child from the school office.
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School follows the Anaphylaxis Procedures for Catholic Schools 2013.
What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction. It can occur when a susceptible person is exposed to an allergen (such as a food or an insect sting or bite).
Providing support to students at risk of anaphylaxis: It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school that their child has an allergy and is at risk of anaphylaxis. This notification should occur either at the time of enrolment, or if the student is already enrolled, as soon after diagnosis as possible.
As with other serious health conditions, St Aloysius puts in place strategies to manage students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while students are engaged in school-related activities. All staff are trained in the management of anaphylaxis.
Blanket food bans: The general banning of foods or food products is not recommended by health experts as there is a lack of evidence to suggest that banning a food from entering a school is helpful in reducing the risk of anaphylaxis. St Aloysius Catholic Primary School is aware of the risks associated with anaphylaxis and implements a broad range of strategies to minimise exposure to the known allergens. St Aloysius avoids the use of peanuts, tree nuts, peanut butter and other nut products in all curricular or extra-curricular activities. Likewise, we also ask families not to bring peanuts, tree nuts or nut products to the school site or to school activities as one of our risk minimisation strategies. This will not guarantee a school site is nut-free and St Aloysius does not claim to be ‘nut or peanut-free’ despite this strategy. Such a claim could not reliably be made and, if made, may lead to a false sense of security about exposure to peanut and tree nut products.
Asthma Friendly School
St Aloysius is in the process of becoming a recognised Asthma Friendly School. Students with asthma are required to submit an annual asthma plan. All staff participate in regular training for asthma management.
Parents are encouraged to keep their children’s hair and hats clean and long hair tied back. Regular checking of children’s hair is essential as head lice is very contagious. Children with head lice must be excluded from school until hair is treated and all eggs and lice are removed. This is in accordance with the NSW Health Guidelines. Please refer to the following website for treatment options:
For information on current immunisation requirements, visit the link below.
Please refer to the following website for details about the most common infectious diseases and recommended exclusion times from school: