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Immunisation

Immunisation is one of the most effective healthcare interventions. Getting vaccinated helps protect you and those around you by increasing the level of immunity in the population.

Babies and children are vaccinated so they are able to get the best possible protection against preventable diseases. Whole of life immunisation starts at birth and benefits the child, family and the community in which you live. Information about Immunisation can be found on the ACT Health website.

At enrolment, the school will request proof of up-to-date immunisation. Failure to provide this may result in your child being excluded from school should an outbreak of an infectious disease occur.


Infectious Diseases and Exclusion From School

The ACT Public Health Regulations 2000 require children with the following conditions, and children who have been in contact with the following conditions, to be excluded from school, preschool for the periods specified.

Condition

Exclusion period of person with condition

Exclusion of persons in contact with condition

Amoebiasis (entamoeba

histolytica)

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

*Campylobacteriosis

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

Chicken pox (varicella and herpes zoster)

Exclude until the last blister has scabbed over.

The child should not continue to be excluded by reason only of some remaining scabs.

Not excluded

Any child with an immune deficiency (eg with leukaemia, or as a result of receiving chemotherapy) should be excluded for their own protection and seek urgent medical advice and varicella-zoster immunoglobulin (ZIG), if necessary.

Conjunctivitis (acute infectious)

Exclude until discharge from eyes ceases.

Not excluded

*Cryptosporidiosis

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

Diarrhoea

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

*#Diphtheria

Exclude until— at least 2 negative throat swabs have been taken (the first not less than 24 hours after cessation of antibiotic treatment and the second not less than 48 hours later), and a certificate is provided by a medical practitioner recommending that the exclusion should cease.

Exclude family and household contacts until approval to return has been given by the Chief Health Officer.

Giardiasis

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

*#Haemophilius influenza type b (Hib)

Exclude until a certificate is provided by a medical practitioner recommending that the exclusion should cease.

Not excluded

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease

Exclude if— child is unwell, or child is drooling, and not all blisters have dried or an exposed weeping blister is not covered with a dressing.

Not excluded

*Hepatitis A

Exclude for at least 7 days after the onset of jaundice and a certificate is provided by a medical practitioner recommending that the exclusion should cease.

Not excluded

Herpes (cold sores)

Exclude young children unable to comply with good hygiene practices while the lesion is weeping. Lesion to be covered by a dressing in all cases, if possible.

Not excluded

Impetigo (school sores)

Exclude until appropriate treatment has commenced and sores on exposed surfaces are covered with a watertight dressing.

Not excluded

Influenza and influenzalike illnesses

Exclude until well

Not excluded

*Leprosy

Exclude until approval to return has been given by the Chief Health Officer.

Not excluded

*#Measles

Exclude for at least 4 days after the rash appears.

Immunised contacts not excluded. Exclude non-immunised contacts until 14 days after the first day of appearance of the rash in the index case.

(b) Non-immunised contacts immunised with measles vaccine within 72 hours after their first contact with the index case are not excluded after being immunised. (d)  Non-immunised contacts who are given normal human immunoglobulin

(NHIG) within 7 days after their first contact with the index case are not excluded after being given NHIG.

Meningitis (bacterial)

Exclude until well

Not excluded

*Meningococcal infection

Exclude until adequate carrier eradication therapy has commenced.

Not excluded if receiving rifampicin or other antibiotic treatment recommended by the Chief Health Officer.

Otherwise, excluded until 10 days after last contact with the index case.

*#Mumps

Exclude for 9 days after onset of symptoms, or until parotid swelling goes down (whichever is sooner).

Not excluded

*#Poliomyelitis

Exclude for at least 14 days after onset of symptoms and until a certificate is provided by a medical practitioner recommending that the exclusion should cease.

Not excluded

Ringworm, scabies, pediculosis (lice), trachoma

Exclude until effective treatment has commenced.

Not excluded

Rotavirus

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

*#Rubella (German measles)

Exclude for 4 days after the appearance of the rash.

Not excluded

Female staff of child-bearing age should ensure that their immune status against rubella is adequate.

*Salmonellosis

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

*Shigellosis

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

Streptococcal infection (including scarlet fever)

Exclude until the person has recovered or has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours.

Not excluded

*Tuberculosis

Exclude until approval to return has been given by the Chief Health Officer.

Not excluded

*Typhoid and paratyphoid fever

Exclude until a certificate is provided by a medical practitioner recommending that the exclusion should cease.

(a)  Not excluded unless the Chief Health Officer notifies the person in charge of the school.

(a)  If the Chief Health Officer gives notice, exclusion is subject to the conditions in the notice.

*#Whooping cough

(pertussis)

Exclude for 21 days from start of cough, or for at least 5 days after starting a course of antibiotics recommended by the Chief Health Officer.

Exclude non-immunised household, home based child care and close child care contacts under 7 years old for 14 days after the last exposure to infection, or until 5 days after starting a course of antibiotics recommended

by the Chief Health Officer (whichever is sooner).

Worms (intestinal)

Exclude until diarrhoea ceases

Not excluded

A parent/carer of a child with a listed exclusion condition or a child who has been in contact with a listed exclusion condition must notify the school principal or principal carer as soon as possible.

*These conditions must be notified by medical practitioners to the Chief Health Officer

#These conditions must be notified by the school principal or principal carer to the Chief Health Officer.

Parents are asked to adhere closely to these requirements unless medical advice to the contrary is provided in writing.


Insurance

The school does not carry personal accident insurance for students. Parents are advised to take out their own personal accident insurance for their families.


Internet, Email, Computer Facilities and External Networks

ICT integrates across all areas of the curriculum.  Students at the school have access to laptops, ipads, cameras and Chromebook devices.  Interactive whiteboards support learning in the classroom.

A Code of Practice has been developed for students at Chapman Primary School. Parents/guardians and students are required to read and sign this Code of Practice for Students. For further information download the department's Acceptable Use Policy.