Student health & wellbeing


It’s been a big year and the guides below provides tips to continue looking after your mental health and wellbeing over the school holidays and services to reach out to if you need support.


Wellbeing support over the school holidays: Students


Wellbeing support over the school holidays: Parents/Caregivers


COVID19 Return to School Policy


Good hygiene practices to reduce your risk of getting sick poster


Student Attendance


We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.


The importance of attendance in primary school: Parent Fact Sheet


School is better when you are here: Student Fact Sheet



Student Health

When it’s OK to return to School

Home is the only place for sick children. The sick bay at school is only for unwell children who are waiting to be collected by parents.

Click here or see below for the official guide for details of exclusion in cases of infectious diseases:


Until fully recovered, usually 5 days after the rash has appeared and blisters have dried.

Note: Some remaining scabs are not an indication to return to school.


Until the discharge from the eyes has stopped.



Students experiencing compatible symptoms with coronavirus (COVID-19), such as fever, cough or sore throat must stay home and seek the advice of their healthcare professional. Where students have been tested, they must isolate until they receive their test result.



Children should be excluded from school until symptoms have ceased or a medical acertificate of recovery is produced. If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they should not attend school for at least 48 hours after last vomiting episode or bowel motion.


Headlice presents a constant problem in all schools. Regular checking of the scalp is essential to aid in the control of this pest. If you notice the small round white eggs treat immediately. Please note that only specific lotions/shampoos will kill head lice. Parents have a responsibility to treat their children if infested. It is advisable to wash bedding and hats after treatment.

Children must be kept at home until treatment has been completed.

Please notify the school of any infection so that preventative measures can be taken. Pamphlets about treating and preventing this condition are available from the school and local councils.


For at least 4 days from appearance of rash or until Medical Certificate of recovery is produced.


Exclude for 9 days or until swelling goes down (whichever is sooner)


Until day after treatment has commenced.


Until fully recovered and at least 4 days from the start of the rash.


Until day after treatment has commenced.


Until sores have healed. Sores should be treated and must be covered if the child is attending school.


Until Medical Certificate is provided and 7 days after the start of jaundice.


If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they should not attend school for at least 48 hours after last vomiting episode or bowel motion.


For 21 days after the onset of cough or until they have completed 5 days of a course of antibiotic treatment.

For more information please consult the Vic Health Blue Book