Vaccinations and Allergy Awareness

Food Allergy Awareness

We will be raising awareness across the school regarding Food Allergies in Week 5, coinciding with the national campaign by Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.

Initiatives will involve inclusion of topics in Kurrajong and Prep school health classes such as:

  • What is a Food Allergy?
  • How we encourage others to be allergy aware.
  • Understanding the importance of supporting peers with allergies.

 In the Middle and Senior School, we will run a short education session using videos and a frequently asked questions format to promote awareness.

We are fortunate to have the support of the Student Wellbeing Team in this promotion.

We have a large number of students with allergies. Allergies affect some students in a mild way, but others can be severely affected and require immediate first aid treatment.

Allergy professionals support risk minimisation strategies, rather than blanket food bans. In-line with their recommendations we have implemented Nut Allergy Awareness Guidelines.

Sharon Bowering
School Nurse / Registered Nurse

Purpose

To provide a safe learning environment for all students.

To raise awareness regarding allergies and anaphylaxis.

Risk Minimisation

Parents and caregivers are requested NOT to send food to school that contains nuts (especially peanuts). This includes peanut butter, nutella, chocolate bars with nuts such as Snickers and Picnic bars, all nuts and cooking oil containing peanut oil, as well as foods containing nuts.

Students are encouraged not to trade or share food.

Bottles, other drinks and lunch boxes should be clearly labelled with the student's name.

The Tuck Shop will comply with the Nut Allergy Awareness guidelines.

Staff are informed of children with nut allergies and provided with treatment plans for them.

Staff participate in training in understanding and dealing with severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Students who bring food that contains nuts or nut products are asked to eat that food away from any other students and to wash their hands before going to play.

Parents of students with severe allergies will be asked to provide emergency medications and a medical treatment plan for their child.

Parents of students with severe allergies have the responsibility of educating their children about managing their allergies.

Pulteney Grammar School acknowledges that due to food processing practices it is impractical to eliminate nuts or nut products entirely from an environment where there is food, so this plan does not eliminate foods that "may contain traces of nuts".

Procedures

  • All student medical plans and medications will be kept in the school’s Health Centre and on our database.
  • Students suffering allergic reactions are to be accompanied to the Health Centre to receive their medication and support from the attending nurse. After 4pm students should report to the Front Office.
  • In the case of an anaphylaxis reaction, where time is an important consideration, students are to seek help from the closest location. A generic epipen is available in the Front Office, one ninety office, Middle School Office, Kurrajong and the Health Centre. All staff are trained in first aid, which includes the administering of epipens. Attending staff will contact the nurse on duty.
  • Once the epipen is given an ambulance will be called.
  • In all cases parents will be notified and Incident reports will be completed.

We encourage parents to discuss the Nut Awareness Guidelines with your child. If your child suffers allergies please ensure they are aware of the procedures outlined above.

Vaccine

The licensed meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero®) is being offered to all Year 10 and 11 students in 2019 at our school by Health and Immunisation Management Services.

Please note that Thursday May 30 marks the date for the second visit for Years 10 and 11 Meningococcal Immunisations. Year 10 students who previously consented will receive their second Meningococcal B vaccine and a Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine (two vaccines in total). Years 11 will be receiving their second Meningococcal B vaccine.

Should your child be receiving the vaccine on this date, please ensure your child has breakfast on the day and is wearing PE uniform or the school polo-top to allow easy access to their arms.

The vaccine is licensed in Australia and recommended for use in adolescents and toddlers.