May I remind parents that children should bring drinks with them to college and be encouraged to drink them. This is to try and avoid the number of headaches caused by lack of fluid. I keep some bottles in my room if any child should need one.
It is general policy that children are not allowed to carry their medications around school with them, this follows a few incidences of children sharing medicines. If your child needs to take anything during college time they can get a consent letter from the first aid room, their medications will then be kept in a locked drawer for them. Children are allowed to carry inhalers and insulin with them if they wish to do so.
Children no longer have the triple vaccine done at college so this must be done at the doctors, usually in years 9, 10 or 11. The BCG vaccine is no longer carried out by college or doctors. The new Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) immunisation to help prevent cervical cancer is being undertaken at doctor’s surgeries. It is being offered to all 12 -13 year old and 17 – 18 year old girls.
After the school nursing service stopped supplying asthma inhalers to schools, the law changed to allow schools to carry emergency inhalers which we have to buy. We take asthma seriously here at Launceston College and we purchased some emergency inhalers but there are strict guidelines for their use. We must have a signed consent form from the parent/guardian and we can only use these in emergency conditions. This means we cannot use them for a slight wheeze and we are not permitted to use them if we do not have a consent form. Students are expected to carry their own inhalers with them at all times clearly marked with their names, but we appreciate the fact that sometimes inhalers fail to work properly.
If the student is just having a slight problem and hasn’t got their inhaler we would have to contact you to bring one up to school. If your child feels like they are having a bit of a problem then it is up to them to ensure they have their own inhaler or we have to contact a parent to bring one up.
We are not allowed to use them if they are not known asthmatics or if we do not receive an asthma consent letter. Do please ensure you have notified us if your child has asthma and download an asthma inhaler consent form to fill in and return to me in the first aid room.
I hope this explains the situation clearly and you are welcome to contact Keri Quirk in the first aid room with any queries you may have.
The new term seems a good time to ask parents to be vigilant in checking their child’s hair for head lice. If you do find any then there are numerous products you can get at the pharmacy to treat them with. Be aware that all members of the family should be treated at the same time. The head should be checked again in a week and retreated if necessary. Another way to deal with head lice is wet-combing. There are information leaflets on these methods in the first aid room. Remember that head lice cannot jump and only spread by close contact, so it is recommended that children with long hair tie it back to prevent head lice spreading.