Student Health    

 

    Health/Vision testers 


These testers, employed by the Ministry of Health, generally visit the school to conduct hearing and vision tests at specific age levels. Children with difficulties will be noted and parents/caregivers advised.     



    Health and wellbeing 


If you are unsure whether your child should attend school the following guidelines may be of some assistance. 

Infectious Diseases - measles, chicken pox, whooping cough - get a doctor's opinion.
Skin Diseases - school sores, ringworm. Generally children do not need to stay away providing there is evidence of appropriate medication.  
Allergies - please notify us of allergies. Medication can be kept in the school office.
Head Lice - attendance at school is possible as long as effective treatment has commenced. Please notify the teacher so further cases can be monitored.



    Dental


Dental therapists visit our school at intervals throughout the year. Please contact the School Dental Therapist directly if you have any enquires PH: 349 7234. 



    Emergencies


We make every effort to contact parents/caregivers in the event of an emergency. Please ensure that the school office has an up to date contact number. If you change your address or telephone number please let the office know as soon as possible.



    Sun Smart 


Our sun protection policy, which applies only during Terms 1 and 4, has two main aims:
  •     To protect our students and staff from excessive exposure to the sun's UVR while they are at school 
  •     To educate the whole school community about the harmful effects of excessive exposure to the sun's UVR, and how to keep themselves safe.

During Terms 1 and 4, between 10 am and 4 pm, the school models “sun safe” practices and ensures that staff and students take the following steps to protect themselves. 
The staff: 

  • Encourage children to protect themselves with broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 (Sun Protection Factor) and by sitting/playing in the shade where possible. 
  • Require students to wear hats which protect the face, neck, and ears, whenever they are outside and involved in school activities. Students at school without a hat must remain in an allocated shaded area or inside at break times. Hats must be broad-brimmed (min. 7.5 cm), or legionnaire/bucket hats (min. 6 cm brim, deep crown). These hats provide significant protection to the eyes. 
  • Model appropriate sun safe behaviour when they are outside and involved in school activities, by wearing hats, and making use of shade whenever possible
  • Parents are also encouraged to wear sunhats and be positive role models when picking up children or participating in school activities. 
  • Recommend the use of t-shirts and rash vests or suits when students are at risk of extended exposure, such as during swimming or picnics.
  • Encourage children to wear clothing that protects the skin from the sun (for example, shirts with sleeves and collars). 
  • Try to schedule outdoor activities to minimise exposure to the sun during the summer. 
  • Include sun protection in the risk management plan developed for EOTC activities. 

The school educates the whole school community by:
  • Providing information about skin cancer and its health risk in class programmes every year (www.sunsmartschools.co.nz). 
  • Alerting caregivers and the community to the health problem of excessive UVR by posters, pamphlets, and information in school newsletters. 
  • Informing enrolling parents of the school's Sun Protection policy. 

The Board of Trustees:
  • Includes shade creation as a priority for its property planning. 
  • Ensures ongoing assessment of SunSmart behaviour, shade provision, and curriculum emphasis. 
  • Reviews the Sun Protection policy with the staff and parents at least every three years. 

What about Terms 2 and 3? 
  • Sun exposure has benefits, including increasing Vitamin D absorption. During terms 2 and 3, UVR is generally at a low level and students do not normally need to wear hats or sunscreen, or stay in the shade. They should be encouraged to actively enjoy the sun. However, from the beginning of September levels of UVR start to increase so if the children will be exposed to the sun for long periods, such as at a sports day, sun protection practices are appropriate.