Absences and illness

Every day is important to your child’s education. Unfortunately, children do get ill or have appointments that they must attend. If your child is absent, you must provide a written explanation to the teacher upon their return. If your child is absent for a long period of time or are absent for a significant amount of the school year, the principal will need to meet with you to discuss their attendance.

If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. If your child is unable to participate in normal school activities you will be contacted and asked to collect them.

If your child is sick or involved in an accident at school, we will call the emergency number you give us so please ensure your contact details are kept up to date.

Infectious illnesses

The following guidelines apply for excluding your child from school when they have an infectious illness.

Chicken Pox

Children cannot attend school for at least seven days from onset, even if well, unless a medical certificate is provided to prove that they are no longer infectious.


Children cannot attend school for seven days from appearance of rash unless a medical certificate is provided to prove that they are no longer infectious.


Children cannot attend school until a medical certificate is provided to prove that they are no longer infectious. Alternatively, children may be readmitted to school after 14 days from the onset of symptoms, if they are well.

Head Lice

Children with live lice are excluded from school until their heads have been treated. All families from the class of the affected child will receive notification that there is an issue and parents need to check their child’s hair.


Children cannot attend school until a medical certificate is provided to prove they are no longer infectious.


Children cannot attend school until discharge from eye has stopped.

Impetigo (School Sores)

Children should be taken to the doctor for antibiotics to kill the infection. They may then come to school as long as all sores are covered.

Childhood immunisations

Children should be fully immunised before starting school. On enrolling your child, you must present your child’s immunisation records. If your child is not immunised they will be asked to stay home if another child has contracted a disease. Length will vary on the infectious disease.

Health and guidance services

A community nurse and a school psychologist make regular visits to the school. Under normal circumstances your child will receive three health checks during primary schooling unless some specific complaint is detected which requires continual follow-up. In all cases, parents are advised of any problems.

You are welcome to make appointments with either the community nurse or school psychologist to discuss any concerns.


Where possible, parents should ask their doctor if medication can be prescribed to be taken out of school hours. Where this is not possible, Student Medication Forms must be completed by the prescribing doctor and parent for prescription medication to be administered at school

Please understand that no medication, either prescribed or “over the counter” (cough mixture, Panadol etc), can be given unless accompanied by the above forms.

Medical Action Plans

If your child has a medical condition which requires urgent action, please ensure the child’s teacher is supplied with an Emergency Action Plan. The office can supply this form.

Dental clinic

A free dental clinic operates at the Westminster Primary School (the senior school) to provide continuous dental care for your child and to teach proper care of teeth and gums. The clinic is supervised by the Department of Health’s dental health service and is staffed by qualified dental therapists. Any treatment required (fillings or extractions) is carried out at the clinic, and you will be notified when appointments for your child are made.

T: 9345 3331