Rowena Public School

Respect For All

Medical Issues, Illness, Emergencies and Infectious Diseases


No student may take medication without supervision.  Medication must be stored by staff and children must have their medication administered by staff according to Departmental guidelines.  Any child who needs any form of medication administered must send in a permission slip with written advice regarding dosage – amount and times. 


An ambulance will be called upon to assist any student with illness or injury. Parents will also be contacted in the event of the ambulance being called.

Illness and Infectious diseases

Every effort is made to contact parents should a child become sick or is injured at school.  The decision to remain at school or be collected by parents will be made by both parents and school staff.

Accidents to Children
Minor injuries or illness during the day are normally attended to at school.  In more serious situations, every endeavour is made to contact a parent to arrange for the child to be collected from school.  In extreme emergencies the child may be taken to a doctor or hospital.

It is most important that parents ensure that emergency contact numbers are kept up to date. Please advise Mrs Holland in the office if telephone numbers and/or addresses are altered.

First Aid
Minimal First Aid can be offered by the staff. The types of injury, which our staff can manage, may include - small cuts/bruises/grazes.

Any injuries beyond this may necessitate a staff member taking the child to the nearest local Doctor (eg Asthma attack) and something more serious may warrant an ambulance.
The general procedure is to assist the child to become more comfortable and to return to lessons.  Beyond this the parents may be contacted at home or at work, and ALWAYS in the case of a head injury.

Therefore, whenever there is any doubt at all, the problem is referred to the parents, who may make their own decisions on the medical treatment required by their child.

Infectious Diseases

If children contract an infectious disease the NSW Department of Education recommends they stay at home until the infectious stage passes. This prevents other children from getting the disease and allows the child with the disease to recover fully. Depending on the nature of the disease, schools may notify parents/caregivers of the outbreak so that families are aware of the symptoms.

Do you need to keep your child at home if they are suffering from:..

Chicken Pox - Yes, for the first 5 days after the rash first appears and until the blisters have all scabbed over.

Conjunctivitis - Yes, while there is discharge from the eye.

Glandular Fever - No, unless sick.

Hand, foot and mouth disease - Yes, until the blisters have dried.

Hepatitis A  - Yes, for 2 weeks after first symptoms or 1 week after onset of jaundice.

Impetigo(school sores) - Yes, until treatment starts. Sores should be covered with a water tight dressing.

Measles - Yes, for at least 4 days after the rash appears.

Meningococcal disease - Seek medical help immediately. Patient will need hospital treatment.

Mumps - Yes, for 9 days after onset of swelling.

Pediculosis (head lice) - No, as long as head lice management is ongoing. (See separate section below on Head lice)
Rubella (German Measles) - Yes, until fully recovered and at least 4 days after rash appears.

Ringworm - Yes, until the day after fungal treatment is begun.

Scarlet fever - Yes, until at least 24 hours of treatment has begun and the child is feeling better.

Whooping cough - Yes, until the first 5 days of a special antibiotic have been taken.

Head Lice

Head lice infestations are a common occurrence, particularly in primary schools.  The following information comes from the Department of School Education website:

About 23% of primary students have head lice at any one time

Anyone can catch head lice regardless of their age, sex, or how clean their hair is

Head lice move from one person's head to another via hair

Head lice do not survive long when they are off a human head

Head lice do not live on furniture, hats, bedding or carpet

Head lice have built up some resistance to head lice treatments

Daily combing of white hair conditioner using a fine tooth comb is effective in getting rid of head lice and eggs (nits)

Observing students scratching their heads is not a reliable or efficient means of assessing head lice prevalence in the school.

Where one student has head lice, this serves as a warning light that there is likely to be an infestation in either specific classes or across the whole school population, including staff.

The school will send a letter home to parents when infestations of head lice occur and request that parents examine their child's hair and undertake treatment where eggs or lice are identified.

Tips for parents in reducing the spread of head lice:

Regularly check your children's hair

Teach older children to check their own hair

Tie back and braid long hair

Keep a fine tooth head lice comb in the bathroom and encourage all family members to use it when they wash their hair.

More information can be found at this NSW Health Page.