Health and Safety 

Child Protection

The College has a Duty of Care to all students and is dedicated to their safety and wellbeing. 

The College is legally required to notify the relevant authority if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a student has been or is being abused or neglected.   

Responding to Risk of Harm, Abuse and Neglect (RRHAN-EC)

All staff who work with children or young people are legally mandated to report suspected cases of child abuse to the relevant Child Protection Agency via the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL).

Education and care workers employed by the College are required to:

  • Exercise a duty of care to protect children and keep them safe.
  • Be aware of the definitions of abuse and neglect.
  • Report suspicions of child abuse and neglect.
  • Provide children with child protection and abuse prevention programs/strategies.

Movement of Students

Primary class teachers are required to escort their classes to and from specialist lessons. Teachers should wait with their class until met by the other teacher and should be punctual in collecting the class at the end of the lesson.

When Primary classes are somewhere other than in their classroom, teachers are requested to indicate the class location clearly (eg with a sign on the classroom door).

Students leaving and returning to classrooms for PE and outdoor activities must do so in an orderly fashion.
As a safety precaution, Reception to Year 4 students should be accompanied by a classmate when moving around the College. This includes carrying out routine tasks and running errands.

Students attending private music lessons will be accompanied by the music teacher.

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Medical Conditions 

Student medical conditions are to be advised to College Reception to ensure details are made available to teachers.

  • An Emergency Action Plan is put in place for any student with a serious and/or life-threatening medical condition.  Details will be made available to all relevant staff through the Class Information Folders and Temporary Relief Teacher Folders

Medical Information 

Parents must inform the College of any change to their child’s medical status or information. Changes can be notified by emailing admin@portside.sa.edu.au  

Medication 

No medicine or tablets are to be given to students unless written medical direction is provided by a doctor and a permission form filled out by parents. 

Infectious Diseases 

Students who are ill or potentially infectious should not be sent to the College, as the health of other students and staff may be put at risk. 

Exclusion criteria includes the following:  

  • any obvious signs of ill health (eg children with asthma – obvious difficulty breathing, barking cough, rib retraction etc)
  • COVID related symptoms including, but not limited to, headache, body aches, sore throat, cough, fever
  • ear or eye discharge 
  • an undiagnosed rash 
  • high temperature 
  • infectious sores or diseases (eg cold sores, school sores – children need a doctor’s clearance before returning to school) 
  • vomiting and/or abnormal loose bowel actions (exclude for 24 hours after last bout)
  • If a student has chicken pox, mumps, measles, conjunctivitis or any other infectious disease, please contact Administration or the student’s doctor to check how long the student should be excluded from attending the College. 
  • Students who have had gastroenteritis should be kept home for 24 hours after the last incident of vomiting or diarrhea. 

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Head Lice 

  • Parents are requested to check their student hair regularly for nits or lice. 
  • Students with head lice are not permitted to attend the College until their hair has been treated and no eggs remain. 
  • Where there is a continuing problem (reinfestation) in a particular class, students’ hair may be checked by a staff member.  This is carried out in a discreet manner to avoid embarrassment to the students. 
  • Students found to have head lice will be withdrawn from close contact with other students until collected by parents 
  • For more information on head lice treatment and prevention, see the SA Health website. 

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Asthma 

  • Parents of students with diagnosed asthma should supply an Asthma Care Plan from their doctor and this should be updated every 12 months. 
  • The first aid treatment for a suspected first time asthma attack is a reliever medication, such as Ventolin.  The College holds a supply of Ventolin for use in such situations. 
  • Staff are trained in Ventolin application as part of their first aid training. 
  • If Ventolin is administered, the parent will be advised at the earliest opportunity, with the recommendation that the student be checked by their GP as soon as possible. 
  • Parents of ELC to Year 6 students with asthma need to supply a spacer along with their medication to the College for individual use by the student. These will be stored safely in the first aid area and will accompany students on excursions.  Students in Years 7 to 12 may keep their inhalers with them and administer their own medication as needed. Please note that the Asthma Foundation recommends spacers for administering asthma medication. 

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First Aid 

Teachers are provided with First Aid bags to assist with first response whilst on yard duty and on College excursions.  First Aid Policy guidelines are to be followed including when to seek help, documentation of incidents and follow-up processes. 

Student Reception staff receive first aid training and are available to assist with first aid enquiries.  Staff are to call 000 in case of life threatening emergency  

  • All classrooms are provided with a first aid box containing basic supplies – gloves, wipes, tissues and Band-Aids.  The teacher is responsible for keeping this stocked during the year and can do this by returning the first aid box to Administration at the end of each term to be restocked.   
  • A first aid bag needs to be collected from Administration when going out to fitness.  Teachers may take a classroom kit if it is available. 
  • In the case of serious injury or accident, the teacher should contact Administration for immediate assistance from a First Aid Officer (call 7071 4884). 
  • Teachers and other relevant non-teaching staff hold a basic first aid qualification (BELS) which is renewed every three years.  Several staff hold a Senior First Aid qualification, including all PE teachers. 
  • The main First Aid kit is located in Administration and every classroom also contains a basic First Aid kit.   
  • A defibrillator is located in Administration and staff are trained in using it. 
  • When considered necessary by the First Aid Officer, parents will be contacted to collect a sick or injured student. If a parent is unable to be contacted, the designated emergency contact person will be contacted.  
  • Where a child needs urgent medical attention, an ambulance will be called and parents will be notified as soon as possible. 

Sickness or Injury

  • Staff who attend to a sick or injured child should:
    • Complete details on the record sheet in the first aid room/student reception/first aid bag.
    • Complete a Student Report of Accident or Injury at College Form for more serious cases. 
  • Sick or injured students are not to be sent home from College without first contacting the First Aid Officer or the Principal.

Accident Insurance and Ambulance Insurance 

  • The College carries accident insurance for all students, however this does exclude self-inflicted injuries and some activities.  Details of the 2020 College Accident Cover – Student – ANSVAR Policy are available below and should be reviewed by parents. 
  • An ambulance may be called, in cases of injury or acute illness.   
  • We strongly encourage families to purchase Ambulance Cover to ensure your child is covered in case of an emergency.  Details of the SA Ambulance Service Cover is included below to assist. 
  • Students requiring transfer to hospital, from either the College or an off-campus location (eg from a camp or excursion) will be accompanied by a staff member (where possible), who will remain at the hospital with the student until a parent arrives. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency an ambulance will be called and the person requiring medical attention will be responsible for the ambulance costs incurred, unless this is a result of an injury incurred on site.   

Emergency Procedures  

  • The College has a procedure for the evacuation, lock down or shelter in place, to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the event of an emergency.  Students will be supervised at these times. 
  • Teachers are trained in emergency procedures. 
  • An Emergency Procedures flipchart and Emergency Evacuation Diagram are found in each area of the College. 
  • In the event of an emergency evacuation, lock down or shelter in place, parents will be notified as soon as possible. 
  • The College practices evacuation and lock down drills regularly throughout the year.  
  • Parents or volunteers present during an emergency evacuation or lock down should comply with directions from the Principal or delegated staff member/s. 

Evacuation and Lock down Procedures

In the event of an evacuation or lock in (including drills), staff need to ensure they and the students in their care carefully follow the evacuation and emergency instructions documented on the posters found near the exits to each classroom or department area. These posters include a map of the College grounds marked with exits, fire extinguishers and other important information.

The purpose of a drill is to ensure all staff and students will be able to act quickly in the correct manner in the event of an emergency. Quick and correct action could save lives. Therefore, all staff members, students and visitors present on the College grounds must participate in the drills when they occur.

The gathering area for evacuations is the oval, unless instructed otherwise.

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Extreme Weather

When there is extreme heat (36 °C or greater) or if the weather is wet and/or very stormy, the following arrangements will apply:
• Classrooms will be opened earlier before school so students are not waiting outside.
• All outdoor activities will be abandoned.
• Students will remain indoors at recess and/or lunch (in air conditioning, in the case of hot weather), supervised by staff.
• Students may be asked to stay under cover while waiting to be picked up in the afternoon. In this case, staff will meet parents on Trinity Lane to arrange student movement depending on the weather.

Parents are asked to be patient as pick up on these days may be slower.

Sun Smart Policy

All students are encouraged to protect themselves from the sun throughout the year and must have their College hat with them.

Primary

College hat must be worn outside all year, including when participating in outdoor activities.

Secondary

College hat must be worn outside during Terms 1, 3 and 4, Term 2 when the UV radiation level is 3 and above and when participating in outdoor activities. Daily UV levels are communicated through student daily notices.

Outdoor activities
• Recess and lunch breaks
• Fitness and PE lessons
• Excursions, including sporting competitions
• Incursions, including sports days and other outdoor events

Sun Protection

Students will have access to sunblock. If a student is sensitive to sunblock products, parents need to advise the teacher and provide a suitable alternative sunblock.

Students are encouraged to wear, when appropriate, close fitting wraparound sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003 (Sunglasses: lens category 2, 3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.

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Dental Service

  • The South Australian Dental Service offers general dental care to all children up to 18 years of age.  Students attending the clinic must be accompanied by a parent. 
  • For more information on SA Health Dental Services, locations and bookings, see the SA Health website.