APPROACH: POLICY

STUDENT WELFARE

STUDENT WELFARE POLICY

Promoting Health & Building Belonging

The program at Kamaruka Education Centre Education Centre is designed to enhance the emotional and social health of all students by strengthening student resilience, acknowledging their rights and building a mutual respect.

Strategies

  • Promoting a sense of safety and security.

  • Implementing a stimulating curriculum to engage all students.

  • Enhancing school attendance.

  • Encouraging supportive relationships.

  • Easing transitions.

  • Involving parents/families and communities.

  • Promote a sense of belonging.

  • Encouraging peer connectedness.

  • Teaching positive social behaviours and problem solving skills.

  • Assessing risks and identifying needs.

  • Providing school-based counselling and support.

  • Monitoring and evaluating student support programs.

  • Reinforcing student’s positive achievements.

Those students who experience serious or persistent difficulties may need short-term or ongoing intervention and referral to the appropriate health professional will be recommended. Whenever such services are accessed, teachers and other professionals will maintain a collaborative approach so that the student’s broad educational and social needs are fully addressed.

Duty of Care

Whenever a student-teacher relationship exists, the teacher has a duty of care. This is defined as: “A teacher is to take such measures as are reasonable in the circumstances to protect a student under the teacher’s charge from risks of injury that the teacher should reasonably have foreseen.

As part of that duty, teachers are required to supervise students adequately. The Principal is responsible for making and administering such arrangements for supervision as are necessary according to the circumstances at Kamaruka Education Centre Education Centre. Teachers are responsible for carrying out assigned supervisory duties in such a way that students are, as far as can be reasonably expected, protected from injury.

Staff Absences

Student learning is greatly affected by the quality of teaching that they experience. Because of the social/emotional difficulties of the students, a replacement teacher is not an option. To ensure that the students receive high quality learning opportunities despite the absence of regular teachers, the following strategies will be employed:

  • A teacher who does not have other teaching responsibilities and has the expertise will cover the class.

  • A specialist program will be cancelled and swapped with another class.

  • The day may be shared between other teachers so as to cause minimal disruption to their programs and to share the additional time that may be required over several weeks.

  • All staff will be provided with out-of-hours contact details for the Principal and other key staff should they need to be absent at short notice.

  • All staff requiring a relief teacher are requested to contact the Principal as soon as possible to maximise the opportunity to rearrange the timetable and minimise the disruption to the program.

Student Supervision

On-site Supervision

  • Students arriving early before school will be supervised by the Principal in the upstairs classroom.

  • At the end of the school day, students who are dismissed are to leave the school building and make their way home. Students who are being picked are to remain in the classroom with a teacher until the parent/guardian arrives.

  • Students will be supervised in the classroom during lunch and recess.

  • Students are not permitted to leave the school building during recess or lunchtime.

  • On occasions when students are permitted to go to the park for lunchtime activities, two teachers will be assigned supervisory duties.

During Excursions

  • At least two teachers (one must be a male) will supervise excursions involving up to twenty students.

During Camps

  • At enrolment, each student will have an indemnity form signed by parent/guardians providing the following information:

  • specific medical conditions.

  • medicare number.

  • ambulance cover.

  • special dietary needs.

  • It is advisable for parents to have ambulance cover. Emergency medical aid to a remote area is very expensive.

  • All camps will be supervised by at least two teaching staff, one of which must be a male.

  • Surf camps will be held at surf beaches, which are patrolled by lifeguards from Surf Life Saving Victoria. Students will only be permitted to surf/swim between the flags and will be supervised by two staff members as well as lifeguards.

  • A male staff member will be positioned in each of the dormitories at surf camps. No student will be permitted to enter the dormitories without permission from a teacher.

  • Tents at bush camps will be positioned within a perimeter of the staff tents, such that students are visible and within hearing range.

  • An emergency beacon and walkie-talkies will be carried when travelling to isolated areas during bush camps.

  • An emergency plan will be developed when accessing remote areas for bush camps. The plan will include contact details of local authorities and communication with a staff member at school on designated days.

Students running away from school

When a student runs away from school, it is the responsibility of the Principal to inform the parent/guardian immediately.

Where there is reasonable concern for the student’s safety or the safety of others, immediate contact should also be made with the police.

Arrangements for students not collected after school

If it becomes known that a student who is normally collected from the school, remains at school well beyond the normal time of collection, attempts would be made to contact the parent/guardian, or the emergency contact person identified by the parent/guardian in the school records.

Where all reasonable attempts have been made to locate appropriate responsible adults, and the time is well beyond a reasonable time for collection, consideration should be given to contacting the police or the Department of Human Services.

Attendance Register

  • Any student absent from roll call at 10:30am will be noted as absent on the Daily Record Sheet. An afternoon roll will be marked at 1:30pm.

  • The Parent/Guardian of absent students will be contacted immediately after roll call.

Related Documents

  • Child Safety Policy

  • Code of Conduct Policy

  • Mandatory Reporting Policy

  • Medication Policy

All policy documents are accessible on the Kamaruka website and are available for staff to view in each staff room.  Copies are provided for parents with enrolment forms.

This policy was last ratified by the Kamaruka Advisory Committee on 3 November 2016