Medical & Wellbeing
The public health nurse is a regular visitor to the school. Children can be seen following a referral by staff or families.
Existing Medical Conditions
We welcome all students to our school. If your child needs learning support or has an existing medical condition that we need to be aware of, please let us know so we can work together to ensure the best possible care for your child.
To stop sickness from spreading, it is important for you to keep your child at home when they are ill, and not let them go to school or preschool. How long they should be home depends on what sickness they have. We follow Ministry of Education guidelines for further information: Click Here
The dental van comes to our school periodically and parks just outside the school assembly hall, it tends to stay for a few months at a time and you are welcome to make dental appointments to get your child / children's teeth checked.
If the Dental Therapist is not on duty at our school she can be contacted and visited at other nearby schools.
Ring: 0800 698 3384 to find your nearest clinic
or for the mobile clinic: 09 437 3570
Medication at School
If a child requires medication at school for treatment of allergies or any other purpose, this should be made clear when the child is first enrolled. For safety reasons we do not allow children to keep medication on their desks or in their school bags except under exceptional circumstances. Medication will be held at the office or kept in the medical room. If the office staff are asked to administer medication to students during the day, they will take all care to do so, but can accept no responsibility if, for whatever reason, they fail to do so.
A note signed by a parent / caregiver or a phone call is required to explain the times and dosage to be given.
Sickness or Accidents at School
If a child becomes ill or has an accident at school a teacher or learning assistant will admit them to the sickbay and inform the Administration Officer or the Principal. Medical records will be checked in cases of allergic reactions or known medical conditions. If the problem is minor, the child will return to class or play after a time. If the injury or illness is more serious the parents/caregivers will be contacted. If contact is not possible, the emergency contact(s) will be tried. Failing this the child will remain in the sick bay with supervision as required from the office staff. Parent must sign children out of the office before taking them home.
No child will receive medication without the consent of a parent or caregiver. An exception to this would occur in a relatively serious case and where none of the contacts is available. Advice would be sought from a medical professional, the family G.P. if possible. In some cases (if no contact person is available) the child may be taken directly to the doctor by school staff or an ambulance called.
Details will be recorded in the sick bay record book. In the case of injuries caused by an accident, the staff member who attends the accident will complete an injury report form. The report will contain recommended action to prevent a repetition of the accident. This may involve such action as physical alterations to property or equipment, student training etc. The report is to be given to the Principal. An accident report summary will be presented to the Board once a year.
All full time staff hold current first aid certificates.
If there are signs of head lice or nits at the school, a note will be sent home and and any child showing signs must be treated before returning to school.
While there is a headlice problem, check the hair of the whole family every day.
When the problem has cleared, check once a week.
Brush hair daily, thoroughly. Brushing can kill or injure lice and stop them laying eggs. Pay particular attention to the areas behind the ears and the back of the neck. Daily thorough hair brushing is a very effective preventative measure.
Lice do not lay eggs on bed linen and do not survive for long off the human head, but it may be a good idea to wash bed linen and vacuum carpets, chairs etc to remove any hairs with eggs on them before they hatch.
Headlice shampoo treatment should be repeated after a number of days. Check the instructions on the packet.
Discourage your children from sharing their hats, hair ties, brushes etc.
2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner stops lice shampoo from working properly. You will need to use a special stripping shampoo (available from the chemist) before you use lice shampoo.