All school staff have a duty of care to help students avoid harm. Some staff will have greater responsibilities, depending on their role. If you’re a teacher, you may have a child with particular health care needs in your class. Other responsibilities are managed at the government department level.
The DEECD is responsible for:
Principals have the overall responsibility for making sure that a student’s health care needs are planned for and supported by all school staff. They have the following responsibilities.
Managing responsibilities for:
Reviewing school-based policy and procedures for student health support planning.
Encouraging communication between parents and families and the school about the current health care needs of a student.
All school staff must take reasonable care to avoid harm to students. They have a duty of care. This includes teachers, administrators, canteen staff, casual relief staff and volunteers.
In general, school staff are responsible for:
Depending on their duties and training and a negotiated Student Health Support Plan, some staff have further responsibilities. For example:
All staff should take care of their own health and safety by:
A teacher has a high duty of care. Teachers are obliged to assist an injured student, while an ordinary citizen may choose to do nothing. Teachers also have some specific responsibilities.
Teachers also need to plan ahead for special events such as excursions, sports days, camps and parties.
Finally, teachers are responsible for reporting to parents and families anything which could indicate health-related concerns for a student.
First aid coordinators or school nurses take a lead role in the health support planning process. They support principals and teachers and have the following responsibilities.
Knowing which students have Student Health Support Plans.
Working with school staff to:
Undertaking their responsibilities outlined in the Department of Education and Early Childhood’s First Aid Policy.
School council members and other volunteer workers should:
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