Students are required to bring a note from home if they are absent from school due to illness. Medical Certificates are not required. Parents DO NOT need to ring the school to inform teachers of absent students.
The following tables show the Department of Education's regulations regarding exclusions due to illness.
Section 18.104.22.168 Exclusions from school.
Principals are required to exclude students according to the following table under the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1990.
Note: The regulations require the parent/guardian to inform the principal as soon as practicable if the child is infected with any of the diseases listed in the table, or has been in contact with an infected person. It should be noted that in cases of diphtheria, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, exclusion and determination of recovery will be matters for the municipal medical officer of health.
'Contact' means child of school age or preschool age living in the same house as the patient, or who has been in association with an infected person or a contaminated environment.
'Patient' includes carrier.
'School' includes any preschool centre, kindergarten, primary or secondary school.
Patients or contacts shall be prevented from attending school unless they comply with the conditions hereunder prescribed.
It should be noted that during outbreaks of diseases prescribed in the table principals are to direct parents/guardians of students who are not immunised (see 22.214.171.124) to keep their children at home for the recommended period.