From the College Nurse
From Sophie Davis, College Nurse
Important message about food allergens
We have a number of students enrolled at our school who have severe food allergies. These students are allergic to nuts, egg and dairy/milk products. These students are different to other people with allergies and food intolerances as the allergies are LIFE-THREATENING (anaphylactic).
Contact with the allergenic food can cause these students to go into anaphylactic shock. This might involve such severe swelling of the air passages that suffocation and death may occur within minutes. Anaphylactic shock is a serious medical emergency, which requires immediate treatment with adrenaline (an Epipen injection) to prevent permanent injury or loss of life.
What does this mean for us? To minimise the risk of contact with these foods we ask for your cooperation by not sending your child to school with: Peanut butter, Nutella or other nut spreads. Also avoid muesli bars, cakes, biscuits and slices that contain nuts. Lastly, please avoid whole nuts or similar combinations with dried fruits as snack food for your child.
Foods labelled, “may contain traces of nuts or contain egg” may be brought to school but would not be able to be eaten by the allergic child. We understand these requests could cause some inconvenience, but also know that if your child was diagnosed with anaphylaxis, you would very much appreciate our support. We acknowledge that nuts are considered a nutritious food and that your child may not want to eat anything else, but for an allergic child it is life-threatening. Please restrict your child’s consumption of these products for after school and school holidays.
We are an allergy aware school and want to reduce the risks to vulnerable students as much as possible.
Communicable and preventable diseases at school
As we enter into a new school year, I would like to have a focus on health and reporting illnesses. We have some students at the school with complex health needs and, to protect them, it is very important that communicable and preventable conditions are reported.
Such conditions range from viral conditions, such as gastroenteritis or the flu, through to formally reportable diseases such as chicken pox (varicella). If your child is unwell, I urge you to contact me to let me know, so that I can determine the risk factors for those with more complex health needs.
Can I also prompt all students to adhere to good hand hygiene practices? Washing hands prior to eating, after using the bathroom and after breaks will keep them well (and at school!), as well as protecting others.