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Responsible behaviour plan for students

Craigslea's responsible behaviour plan (PDF, 750 KB) is a statement of our school community's expectations and our school management of behaviour. This is a separate document given to all parents on enrolment.

Student Absences 

All staff members at Craigslea are committed to providing students with a quality education.  We are focussed and deliberate in what we are doing.  We need the support from parents by ensuring your child is at school all day, every day.  Arriving late or leaving early means they miss the feeling of being an informed and active member of the class and that they are missing education from one of the key learning areas.  Teachers are accounting for every minute of the day.  Please show your children you value school and what their teacher has planned for them by ensuring full attendance while they are healthy. 

 
If your child is absent for any reason please contact the school on our absence line (3350 8766) and report your child's name, class, reason for the absence, and dates your child will be absent if known.  Please keep us informed if your child is to be away for several days or follow up daily with a call to our absence line.
 
Alternatively you can contact your child's class teacher directly by email. Again please provide the name of your child, reason for absence and the dates your child will be absent. 

Medication and health

There are state-wide regulations governing the practice for school personnel to administer medication to students. The following are key points which parents are asked to please note and follow: 

  • Notify the school in writing of a health condition requiring medication at school.

  • Request school in writing to administer prescribed medication or to assist in management of a health condition.

  • Notify school in writing of any requests and/or guidelines from medical practitioners including potential side effects or adverse reactions.

  • Ensure a request to administer medication at school form  and other required documentation is completed for all medication administration, both by the parent and the school.

  • Provide medication in original labelled container to the school.

  • Ensure medication is not out of date and has an original pharmacy label with student’s name, dosage and time to be taken.

  • Notify school in writing when a change of dosage is required.  This instruction is to be accompanied by a letter from a medical practitioner.

  • Advise school in writing and collect medication when it is no longer required at school.

  • School staff are not to administer prescription medications, unless they meet the accountability of a written request from a parent/caregiver and the medication includes an original pharmacy label detailing the name of the person authorised to take the medication, dosage, time to be taken and medical practitioner’s name.

  • For school staff to administer over-the-counter medication, authorisation is required from a medical practitioner.

  • The administration of over-the counter medications, including analgesics and homeopathic medications, are subject to the same accountabilities as prescription medications. However, as many over-the-counter medications will not have an original pharmacy label detailing the name of the person authorised to take the medication, dosage, time to be taken and medical practitioner’s name, a letter from a medical practitioner will need to be provided to authorise administration of this medication.

  • For asthma relieving medications such as Ventolin, parents/caregivers are to notify the school in writing if their student has been prescribed this medication by a medical practitioner.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you need clarification on any of the above. Your help with following the above guidelines is appreciated.

Accident and sickness policy

An outline of the school's accident/sickness procedures is provided for your information. A considerable amount of time is taken up by the school staff in this area. Schools do not have recognised medical facilities or medically trained staff though most members of Craigslea's staff have current first aid certificates. As we do not have the resources to tend sick children we contact parents to have the child picked up from school whenever we believe the occasion warrants.

Whenever your child is picked up during school hours by a parent or friend as a result of an accident, sickness etc. you are asked to sign the register at the office. In this way we can keep track of student movements and ensure that only the appropriate person picks up the child.

All students are covered through the Queensland Government’s Ambulance Policy. This cover includes excursions and camps away from the school.

Injuries (Serious)

All suspected head and spinal injuries will be deemed as serious. 

Procedure:

  • If judged necessary by an accredited First Aid certificate holder, an ambulance will be called by the principal or teacher in charge. A parent will be notified of the injury.
  • An accident report will be filed.
  • If injury occurs during a recess the class teacher/s will be notified by the office (as soon as possible). 

Sickness

Reports of sickness will be dealt with at classroom level at the discretion of the teacher/s.

Procedure:

  • Send the child to the office if obviously unwell and parents will be contacted to take the child home.
  • Observe the child for 20 or 30 minutes if unsure and send the child to the office if he/she continues to express discomfort and parents will be contacted to take the child home.
  • If sickness occurs during recess the child will report to the teacher on playground duty first and then if necessary to the office.
  • If sickness occurs at the end of recess, the child will report to his/her class teacher. 

SunSmart policy

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two out of every three Queenslanders will get some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Research suggests that at least two-thirds of all melanomas occurring in Australia could be prevented if children were protected from the sun during their first 15 years. Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Research shows that severe sunburn contributes to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as sunspots, blemishes and premature ageing. Most skin damage and skin cancer is therefore preventable. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are highest during the hours that children are at school. As children will spend a portion of their day outdoors, we are committed to protecting them from the harmful effects of the sun.

With this in mind, Craigslea State School realises the need to protect children’s skin and educate them about SunSmart behaviour, thus reducing the risk of skin damage from exposure to the sun.

The policy aims to:

  • provide ongoing education that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer prevention and early detection
  • provide environments that support SunSmart practices
  • create an awareness of the need to reschedule work commitments and outdoor activities to support SunSmart practices. 

SunSmart procedures

Our organisation recognises that Winter sun also contributes to skin damage. The implementation of this policy will therefore be conducted throughout the year. The purpose of this SunSmart policy is to ensure that all children attending our establishment are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year. 

SunSmart commitment

Craigslea State Primary school:

  • will inform parents of the SunSmart policy when they enrol their child
  • has increased and will continue to increase the amount of shade in the grounds, where possible, by building shelters and planting trees
  • will provide an integrated SunSmart education program for children and provide parents with up-to-date SunSmart information through newsletters 
    • will encourage all staff to act as positive role models for children in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour by             
    • wearing appropriate hats and clothing for all outdoor activities
    • using SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
    • seeking shade whenever possible
    • wearing sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard (AS1067)
    • will ensure that children not wearing hats play in shaded areas not outdoors
    • will review the SunSmart policy annually
    • will encourage parents/carers to provide sunscreen
    • will encourage  children to wear sunshirts while swimming.

Staff

  • practice SunSmart behaviour, as described above
  • enforce a ‘no hat, no play’ rule
  • supervise children’s application of sunscreen (SPF 30+ 20 minutes prior to outdoor activity)
  • direct children to play in shaded areas where possible.

Parents/carer

  • provide a well-fitting hat for use in all outdoor activities. The Queensland Cancer Fund recommends an 8 to 10 cm broad-brimmed hat.
  • ensure that their child’s clothing provides adequate protection from UVR.  The Queensland Cancer Fund recommends clothing with the following features: dark-coloured, collars and sleeves, closely woven fabric, natural fibre.

  • provide SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for their child’s use.
  • act as positive role models by practising SunSmart behaviour.

Drug education policy

Drug education in schools refers to policy, curriculum and community engagement that contribute to the achievement of learning outcomes associated with public health goals of preventing and/or reducing drug related harm to individuals and society. 

The policy at Craigslea State School

  • is sequenced and progresses throughout the year levels
  • will foster the creation of  a safe, supportive and healthy school environment
  • is consistent and coherent
  • approaches drug education through addressing the values, attitudes and behaviours of the community and each individual
  • is based on effective curriculum practice and identified student needs with curriculum links to studies of society, science and health and physical education
  • is linked to the overall goal of harm minimisation.

We believe that:

  • unsanctioned drug use at school, including alcohol and tobacco use, can have significant social, legal, health, safety and educational implications for young peopl.e
  • the inappropriate use, possession and/or selling of illicit drugs at school should be reinforced fairly and consistently.
  • curriculum practices should take account of individual student needs and circumstances.
  • students involved in drug related incidents may experience one or more consequences including: counselling, involvement of parents, involvement with police and the justice system, detention, loss of privileges, suspension or exclusion.
  • each situation should be dealt with considering individual needs including family situation, mental and emotional health and intellectual ability.
  • further information about Craigslea’s management of drug related incidents is contained in the Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.

Complaints policy 

From time to time you may have concerns about your child at school or the operations of the school. These concerns may grow into bigger issues if you don’t talk to the school staff about them. The Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all parents have their concerns dealt with in a fair and equitable manner and there are processes and support structures in place to enable parents to work through any issues they may have.

Concerns should initially be directed to the teacher involved. Further concerns can be directed to the deputy principal or principal. If the problem cannot be resolved within the school, you should contact the Nundah Metropolitan Office at 1281 Sandgate Road Nundah 4012 (07) 3350 7818. All regional offices also provide access to a community participation officer or an officer responsible for parent liaison.

Parents/caregivers may also wish to contact P&Cs Qld on (07) 3352 3900 or free call 1800 218 228 for help and support. Both P&C's Qld and Regional Office have access to the Office of State Schooling, which administers the operation of all Queensland State Schools, to further resolve issues if required.