Health and wellbeing at primary school
It’s important to keep the school informed of any changes to your child’s health. We can help keep our children safe and happy by being aware of common health issues.
Don’t be alarmed if an outbreak occurs. Head lice can be very annoying, but thankfully they will not harm your child’s health and have no bearing on a child’s personal hygiene.
Preventing head lice
- Regularly check your child’s hair.
- Keep long hair tied back or braided.
- Keep a fine-toothed comb in the bathroom and encourage your family to use it when they wash their hair.
Treating head lice
Daily combing with a white hair conditioner using a fine-toothed comb will help get rid of head lice and their eggs (nits).
NSW Health has more information on head lice.
Allergies and asthma
It is important for you to inform the principal and the school if your child has asthma or allergies – not just those diagnosed as severe or food allergies.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction to allergens such as nuts or shellfish, or insect bites. If your child is diagnosed with asthma or at risk of an anaphylactic reaction, you must provide the school with information from your child’s doctor. This includes an Action Plan for Anaphylaxis in accordance with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
The school will develop an individual health care plan to describe your child’s needs and how the school plans to meet these needs during the school day, on excursions and in other school activities such as sport.
Schools and parents work together to put arrangements in place for health care support.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) guide and educate Australians living with allergic disease.
Schools promote sun-smart behaviour by encouraging students and staff to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide. Sun-safe uniform items – including hats that protect the head, neck and ears – are included in school uniforms. School staff encourage students to play in the natural and built shade environments around the school. Most schools have a ‘no hat, no play’ policy so your child will need their hat to play with their friends at recess and lunch.
You can protect your child from the damaging effects of UV radiation by applying sunscreen each morning before they leave for school and ensuring they are wearing a sun-safe hat. Children can also wear sunglasses at school to protect their eyes from sun damage.
Cancer Council NSW provides helpful and informative facts about sun protection.
Department procedures on student health
School health care procedures are implemented within a framework provided by the Work Health and Safety Act, 2011 and the Common Law.
Attendance and sick days
Find out what to do if your child is sick at home or at school.