Promoting Health, Wellbeing & Safety
St Joseph's Primary School Red Cliffs
17 Fitzroy Avenue,
Red Cliffs, 3496.
Phone: 03 5024 1654
Our staff record any accident and its treatment in a First Aid Report book and send a duplicate copy home to the parents. Any necessary and appropriate follow up procedures are implemented.
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8:15, children and parents are invited to attend the Breakfast Club in the Lunch Shed. Volunteers from the school community provide a nutritious breakfast. The purpose of this meal is to promote healthy eating in a social context.
Being a school that takes pride in readying students for a technology-rich society, St Joseph’s Primary School recognises the importance of teaching children to develop Cyber Smart practices from the minute they begin schooling. As such, we recommend that parents too familiarise themselves with practices that are safe, secure and conducive to a safe online environment. This will ensure that education of cyber safe practices is consistent between school and home life; which is essential for consolidation of understanding and skills. At times as a school we offer Cybersafety parent information sessions that we encourage families to attend.
If your child shows any signs of illness you should keep him or her at home, both for individual recovery and the protection of other children and staff at school. Our policy is that a child who is well enough to come to school is well enough to attend all lessons and outside break time activities; parents should not, therefore, request that students be allowed to stay in at breaks.
The Sick Bay is located near the Administration office. Staff deal with minor injuries, and if necessary you will be informed of the circumstances and advised of any treatment or recommendation. When, in the opinion of the treating staff member, a child is not well enough to remain at school the parent (or listed emergency contact if required) will be contacted and asked to collect the child.
First aid kits are maintained and taken on school excursions.
DRINKS AND SNACKS
Bubblers are located at various places around the outside of school buildings. Students are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school. Students must drink plenty of water in this climate, particularly if they have been doing a lot of physical exercise. Please do not send any drinks which are highly sugared or caffeinated.
In cases of emergency or ill health, the school will immediately contact you so you can collect your child or approve the appropriate medical attention. It is important to ensure that your contact details are up to date.
FAMILY CONTACT INFORMATION
It is essential that our family information records are up to date, especially in the case of an emergency. Please contact the school promptly and advise us of any change of address, phone number, doctor, doctor's phone number, medical information and your nominated emergency contact for your child(ren).
FIRE AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
St Joseph’s has an Emergency Management Plan which is reviewed annually. In the event of an emergency or drill, staff will direct the students in accordance with the plan.
There are procedures in place for all on site at the school including a designated assembly areas. All visitors to the school must comply with directions given.
These unwelcome little visitors sometimes find their way to school and require constant vigilance and attention. Please notify the school in the event of discovery so that we can take precautions. On initial discovery at school, our home/school liaison officer will contact parents to collect the child as soon as possible. A standard letter will be issued to the parent outlining the procedure for re-admission of the child to class. Head lice checks/clearances are conducted by specifically trained members of staff.
Throughout your child’s schooling, the school does arrange head lice inspections of students as the management works best when all children are involved in our screening program. The school is aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining student confidentiality and avoiding stigmatiisation.
If a student is diagnosed as having an infectious disease, he or she must stay at home until free from the disease or as indicated in Schedule 7 Minimum Period of Exclusion from Primary Schools and Children's Services Centres for Infectious Diseases Cases and Contacts (Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009). A copy can be viewed at http://ideas.health.vic.gov.au/guidelines/school-exclusion-table.asp or a copy can be collected from the administration/office.
The school should be notified of the reason and duration of absence. Before returning to school, the student should produce a medical certificate to clarify his or her condition.
The school will follow the government prescribed protocols for notification and/or exclusion of students.
Students with a diagnosed condition requiring management & medication (e.g. asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes etc) must provide a completed Management Plan together with a clearly marked supply of medication & administration devices. These are stored in the Sick Bay and are taken with the students on excursions unless specifically advised in excursion notice (eg overnight camps).
Students requiring regular administration of medication must have a completed “Medication Form” at the office, together with a supply of clearly labelled medication. This is clearly labelled and stored in the Sick Bay. Non-prescribed oral medications (e.g. headache tablets) will not be administered by school staff.
If students need to take prescribed medicine while in school, parents must provide the medicine (in original packaging) together with written details as follows: student’s name and class; reason for medication; name of medicine; dosage; time; and parent’s signature. All medication must be kept in the Sick Bay. Parents are to bring the medication to school and inform the respective class teacher.
We encourage children to make healthy choices for food. Please do not send any foods which are highly sugared.
Rather than having a blanket ban on certain foods, we work on educating the students about the correct care of individuals foods, non-sharing of foods, washing of hands after eating and making students aware of specific needs and allergies of other students.
Students are required to bring a “brain food” snack which is consumed in class during the morning learning block. This must be a healthy snack (fruit or vegetable) that is easily consumed without mess.
St Joseph’s is a Sun Smart school. The school has a “no hat, no play” policy from September 1st to 1st May. Children are to wear the uniform hats. Sunscreen is also provided within the lunch shed.
Our school has access to a wide range of student wellbeing support in areas which include: