Floraville Public School

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Student Welfare and Discipline

In line with Departmental policy, Floraville Public School has developed a Student Welfare Policy and Discipline Code. This was achieved after much consultation with the community, P&C and staff in the school to reflect the views of staff and parents at this school. The policy has as its main aim to recognise, value and develop each student as a complete and unique person in the context of society. Each family was issued with a copy of the Student Welfare policy when it was released. Copies are available from the office and through the school website. The policy is regularly updated to reflect current procedures.

 

Through "Program Achieve" the school aims to develop and promote positive behaviours within the students, focusing on skills relating to Getting Along, Confidence, Organisation, Persistence and Quality. Sometimes a student may need guidance to improve in one or more of these attributes. The ‘sharpener' gives classroom teachers the opportunity to direct student welfare concerns to an executive level where communication with parents may occur. Teachers may refer students under any of the five core values, for breaches of School Discipline Code or any other concern to do with the emotional, social, academic and/or physical concern about a student.

 

The Student Welfare Card documents relevant information on each student. It is used as the first point of contact in the case of emergencies, illness or notification of incidents at school. We request that it be updated regularly by parents. Please ensure that you keep the school informed of changed circumstances so that all information is current.

Immunisation

The Department of Health recommends that children entering school be fully immunised. This is particularly important because your child will be coming into contact with many children and infection can spread easily. Children starting school who have not already had booster immunisation should have those immunisations outlined by the National Immunisation Program. Please contact the Community Health Centre or your family doctor for details. Dates and times of clinics can be obtained from the local Council. Please keep a written record of your child's immunisation as it must be presented to the school upon enrolment.

Please note: Parents of students who have not been fully immunised will be advised by the school should an outbreak of an infectious disease occur. Parents may elect to keep their child at home.

Allergies, Disabilities, Special medical conditions

It is very important that all information about special medical conditions, allergies, physical disabilities or other health concerns is given in written form to the school. Information is recorded on our database. If we do not know about these issues, your child's health and safety could be jeopardised.

Some students may require an individual health plan to ensure the safety of the student during school hours. If your child is anaphylactic you must provide a coloured ASCIA action plan for anaphylaxis completed by your doctor to the school office along with the your child's epipen. All staff are trained in the use of of an epipen.

If medical or health circumstances change, please notify the office to ensure all information is current.

Administering prescribed medication at school

Parents of students who require prescribed medication to be administered at school must complete a written request form: Request for support at school of a student's health condition.

Forms are available at the school office.

Students must not carry medications unless there is a written agreement between the school and the student's parents that this is a planned part of the student's health care support. The only medication that can be carried is Asthma medication.

Except in an emergency, only individual staff members who have volunteered and been trained, will administer prescribed medication to students. The Principal will oversee implementation of the course of action that he or she has determined is necessary for the support of the student's health needs. Medication must be handed immediately to the office staff by a parent or carer. Parents should supply the medication, where possible, on a daily basis in the original packaging.

If a student needs to be regularly medicated at school, we recommend that parents investigate the use of labelled and scheduled medication pack with their pharmacist

Medication will be kept in the office until the required time. It is the child's responsibility to report to the office when medication is needed. 

Paracetamol or aspirin (salicylates) may only be administered where written authorisation by the student's doctor states that Paracetamol or aspirin has been prescribed for a specific condition. Many medications are now available in forms that minimise or eliminate the need to provide students with medication during the school day. Please consult your doctor about this if your child is currently taking medication or when new medication is being prescribed.

Please note: The school does not keep long term supplies of any medication, with the exception of four spare Epipens for anaphylactics as well as Ventolin which is given to known asthmatics who have forgotten their medication and whose condition is documented on our database. Parents are then notified by phone, where possible, that the medication has been given.

Asthma medication

It is especially important that the school has a record of all students who suffer from asthma. An asthma management plan completed by the students doctor must be provided to the school.

We understand that asthma medication should be immediately accessible to students, asthma medication is the only medication a student can carry in their bag or on their person as long as they are old enough and responsible enough to administer themselves.

If your child is not capable of administering ventolin we advise that a clearly labelled "puffer" be provided and left at school along with an "Asthma Action Plan" issued by your doctor. It is advised that parents regularly instruct their children on the correct and responsible use of asthma medication.

Accident or illness at school

Please provide the school with current emergency contact numbers, should you be unavailable in the event of your child becoming too ill to remain at school.

In the case of separated parents, please ensure that access details are clearly defined so that staff can contact the designated parent.

These contact phone numbers need to be updated regularly (this can be done via the School App or phone). If your child is ill before school, it is better for them to stay at home to avoid the spread of infection.

When a child becomes seriously ill, or is seriously injured in an accident at school, medical attention will be immediately sought by the school Principal or their nominee. Parents are then notified as soon as possible.

At other times a child may feel ill, but respond to a rest period in the sick bay, before returning to class. If your child becomes ill at school and needs to go home we will contact you to collect your child. You will need to pick up an Early Departure slip at the office before collecting your child from the sick bay area or classroom. This needs to be presented to the class teacher to fulfil the legal requirements of attendance. 

Student welfare policy and discipline code

In line with Departmental policy, Floraville Public School has developed a Student Welfare Policy and Discipline Code. This was achieved after much consultation with the community, P&C and staff in the school to reflect the views of staff and parents at this school.

The policy has as its main aim to recognise, value and develop each student as a complete and unique person in the context of society. Each family was issued with a copy of the Student Welfare policy when it was released. Copies are available from the office and through the school website. The policy is regularly updated to reflect current procedures.

Through "Program Achieve" the school aims to develop and promote positive behaviours within the students, focusing on skills relating to Getting Along, Confidence, Organisation, Persistence,  Quality and Resilience. Sometimes a student may need guidance to improve in one or more of these attributes. The ‘sharpener' gives classroom teachers the opportunity to direct student welfare concerns to an executive level where communication with parents may occur. Teachers may refer students under any of the six core values, for breaches of School Discipline Code or any other concern to do with the emotional, social, academic and, or physical concern about a student.

The Sentral database helps to keep a record of relevant information pertaining to both positive and negative incidents on each student.

Learning support team and school counsellors 

The school has a Learning Support Team usually comprised of a member of the school executive, a Learning and Support teacher and school counsellors who monitor student performance, welfare and behaviour across the school. When students are experiencing difficulty in learning or their behaviour is causing concern, a referral can be made to the Learning Support Team by teachers or parents. Referrals can also be made in response to critical situations requiring sensitive counselling and support.

When a problem has been identified, the school counsellor meets with the student and conducts a range of diagnostic tests to determine his or her needs and abilities. Parents and class teachers then meet with the school counsellor and decide what action needs to be taken in response to the information gathered and resources available. Most students' needs are then met within the school's programs and resources but some students are eligible to access district or state program options. We have one school counsellor at Floraville Public School two days per week, Mrs Robyn Morgan.