This page contains useful information for parents about school procedures as well links to useful forms.
Absences can be notified via our Flexischools app which can be downloaded for free from the AppStore. Otherwise a signed note from the parent/carer is required.
In the case of your child having an accident, or becoming ill at school, it is essential that the school has current contact phone numbers, including emergency phone numbers for carers who can take the child home if you are unable to. In the event of a serious accident or illness, an ambulance will be called and parents notified. Cost must be borne by the parent.
All children who suffer from asthma, anaphylaxis, allergies or other medical conditions must have an up to date Management Plan filled in by a doctor and lodged at the school. Our school will work closely with families to closely monitor and manage any of these conditions.
Parents can expect to be notified, in writing, in advance of any proposed excursion and should understand that no child can be taken on an excursion unless written permission and authority to take emergency action in case of illness is received from that child’s parent. An approval for local excursions can be completed on enrolment. An up to date asthma/allergy plan must be provided to children or they will not attend school excursions or camps.
Please check your child’s hair at least once a week. If your child has become infested, please notify the school immediately. Children need to be treated at home but do not need to miss a whole day of school. Once treated, they can return to school immediately.
Children with open wounds or cuts must have them covered, or are to remain home until they can be covered. Infectious diseases require exclusion from school as infections spread quickly. Click here to see a table detailing the minimum period of exclusion from Primary School for children with an infectious disease.
Written permission is needed to administer any form of medication to children at school. Permission must include the dosage and specific time to be administered. Only medications from a doctor's prescription can be given. Medications are to be given to the office and not left in your child’s bag. For Asthma and Epipens – see school medication policy
It is compulsory for students to wear our school approved hats and it is recommended they use 15+ sunscreen between 1st September and 30th April. This applies whenever children are outside, eg. recess, lunch, sports carnivals, excursions, PE activities. Sunscreen is also provided or children are welcome to bring their own.
School Traffic can be a major problem. The safety of students is paramount and as such it is important that:
All visitors (including classroom helpers) must SIGN IN and OUT at the Office and collect and wear a visitor’s lanyard. This lanyard is to be returned when visitors sign out when leaving the school.
Guthridge Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools, to ensure we are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect. All staff, volunteers and community members of Guthridge Primary School are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards, and in the company of, students.
For further information see our policies below or the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.
Standard 1- Child Safety Organisational Structure
Standard 2 - Child Safety Policy and Statement of Committment
Standard 3 - Child Safety Code of Conduct
Standard 4 - Recruitment & Practices
Standard 5 - Reporting Obligations, Policies & Procedures
Standard 6 - Strategies to Identify or Reduce or Remove Risks of Child Abuse
Standard 7- Strategies to Promote Child Participation & Empowerment
Parent Payments / School Fees
Statement of Values and School Philosophy
Student Wellbeing and Engagement
Inclusion and Diversity
Duty of Care
Health Care Needs
Other School Policies are constantly being updated to reflect current practice. These can be viewed, on request, at the general office.