Student Safety, Welfare and Health

Promoting health, managing student illnesses and reducing health risks are important to everyone at our school.

Prescribed medication

If your child is being prescribed medication that needs to be taken during the day, please inform us so that we can administer the medication.

Managing complex health needs

An individual health care plan is developed for each student with complex health needs. The plan supports students with severe asthma, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and those at risk of an emergency or requiring the administration of specific health care procedures.

Infectious diseases

There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people. Primary students who do not have proof of immunisation may have to stay at home during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

Head lice

Head lice outbreaks sometimes occur at school. If your child has head lice please treat your child and inform us. Daily combing of dry hair with conditioner can get rid of head lice. You should continue to send your child to school.

Ear infections

Otitis media is a common middle ear infection which may cause fever or vomiting. If undetected, a child may suffer from hearing loss and their learning could be affected. Most ear infections respond readily to treatment.


Rockdale Public School is an ‘Allergy Friendly School”. We ask that we are informed of any severe allergies that a child has e.g to peanuts or bee stings. If your child does have such an allergy, we ask that you do provide us with a summary of the particular allergy and the emergency procedures that need to be followed, such as the use of an epi-pen or ventolin.

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal reaction involving two or more body systems simultaneously e.g skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular systems. An anaphylactic reaction usually occurs within minutes of exposure to a trigger and can be life threatening.

Our school has students with severe and life threatening reactions to some foods, especially nuts. We ask that parents do not send their child to school with nuts, peanut butter, hazelnut spread or Nutella, chocolate or biscuits containing nuts.

Strict avoidance of such foods is necessary for avoiding a severe reaction. We ask that parents cooperate so as to keep all of our students safe.

We strongly welcome information from parents about their child’s health, whether or not they are requesting specific support from the school. All DEC schools encourage parents to provide information about their children’s health both on enrolment and on an ongoing basis. Please contact our school office on 9567 6146  for further information.