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.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which requires life-saving medication. A severe allergic reaction usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure and can rapidly become life-threatening. Anaphylaxis must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.
Each of our schools has an Anaphylaxis Management Policy which includes the training of relevant staff. A medically approved individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan is developed for each student at risk and you are required to provide this plan and your child’s EpiPen® to the school.
Our schools address one of Australia’s growing health problems, obesity, through various curriculum and practical initiatives. In schools where canteens operate, guidelines have been developed to provide students with healthy eating suggestions.
As a parent you have an important role to play in helping to ensure your child receives a consistent message about healthy eating and being active.
Two in three Australians develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. Most skin cancer is preventable. The Cancer Council Victoria recommends a healthy UV exposure balance that ensures some sun for vitamin D, while minimising the risk of skin cancer. Each of our schools has a sun protection policy to ensure a healthy UV exposure balance to help with vitamin D levels and minimise the risk of skin and eye damage and skin cancer.
Our schools are committed to implementing a combination of sun protection measures (clothing, sunscreen, hats, shade and sunglasses). Sun protection is required whenever UV levels reach three and above – the level that can damage skin and eyes. This is typically from the start of September to the end of April in Victoria (not just in Terms 1 and 4).
As a parent you have an important role in ensuring that your child develops and maintains healthy sun protection habits throughout adolescence. Being a role model of sun-protective behaviours is one way to help your child to do this. Another is being aware of when ultra-violet (UV) rays will be dangerous and require sun protection.
For useful ideas and more information about sun protection and skin cancer prevention, including a SunSmart app and a UV alert, see Cancer Council Victoria’s SunSmart website www.sunsmart.com.au