Accidents and Injuries

ACCIDENTS
 
All accidents, fires, “near misses”, and instances of known or suspected occupational ill health, must be recorded in the Accident and Incident Report Book, which is located in the school office and a report sent to the Directors office.  All accidents / incidents, except those of a minor nature will be investigated by the appropriate school personnel and any necessary remedial measures, including revised work procedures, training, etc., will be implemented as appropriate. Accidents as a result of a defect in the fabric or structure of the building should be reported to the Administrative Office for action. Accidents/ incidents will be reviewed at the next meeting of the administration. Accidents / incidents of a serious nature must be notified immediately by telephone to the Administrative Office and will be subject to a more formal investigation by the Director.  Parents will be notified immediately of any serious accident involving their child. Where a child has had a bump on the head a ‘head injury note’ will accompany the child home to alert their parents. In these cases the teacher responsible for the child will also accompany the child to their parent/career at the end of school and explain the incident or if the child is travelling on school transport, the parents will have been spoken to before the child goes home.

FIRST AID
 
There is a First Aid Box located in the nurse’s room. The Nurse is responsible for maintaining the contents of the First Aid Boxes. The nurse is located in the nursery in the primary site. In the event of any emergency requiring an ambulance and state the precise location and nature of the emergency then inform the principal’s office..

ALLERGY AND ANAPHYLAXIS  
 
Staff are very aware of the seriousness of any allergy a child may have. Before a new child starts we record any information on special diets or food allergies so all staff are aware of them and we regularly update this information during staff meetings. This information is recorded in our records system  and states clearly what the allergy is, how the child reacts and what staff should do in the event of a reaction while in our care. Other parents will be informed that there is a child with an allergy in the group, so that further contact can be avoided. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and will be treated as a medical emergency. The following steps will be followed: Ambulance will be called, then the parents. If the child has an Epipen it will be administered straight away (by the school nurse or first aider if the nurse is not available ) through clothing if necessary. This will be repeated after 5-10 minutes if no improvement. Other children will be kept away. Clothing will be loosened. If a total collapse occurs – CPR will be administered. Before a child starts at the school staff will have training from a health official on how to administer an Epipen. Parents will be encouraged to leave two Epipens with us. When there is a topic of food tasting or cooking staff will either put a notice up or send out a letter to parents to inform them which foods their child may come into contact with.  If a child is prescribed antibiotics we recommend that parents administer the first dose, in case of an allergic reaction. 

HYGIENE  
 
Galaxy International School staff are very aware of the importance of having high standards of hygiene in the school, both for preventing the spread of infection and maintaining the cleanliness of the building.  If a child is sick on the floor or over any toys/equipment it is wiped up quickly with paper towels and sprayed with anti bacterial spray; staff wear disposable gloves at all times when dealing with these incidents. Before meals all children are encouraged to wash their hands. .Staff wash hands before starting work and many other times during the day and children are encouraged to do the same. For example, after playing in a shared water play, sand play, arts and crafts and  before and after eating.  
 
BODY SPILLAGES
No person will treat a pupil who is bleeding, without protective gloves. Protective gloves are stored in the nurse’s room. Sponges and water buckets must never be used for first aid to avoid the risk of HIV contamination. All body fluid spillages (Vomit, diarrhea and Blood) will be cleaned immediately. This is vital if spread of infections to be reduced. Gloves should be worn when in contact with blood or body fluid is likely.  Ordinary rubber gloves (located under the sink in the kitchen and in the cleaner’s cupboard) are suitable for dealing with spillages. They must be kept for this purpose only. Following use, gloves must be rinsed and left to dry. Absorbent granules should be dispersed over spillage and lef t to absorb for a few minutes then swept up into newspaper. A designated dust pan and brush is available for body spillages and is kept in the Cleaners Cupboard. Wash the affected area with warm water and detergent and dry. Single use latex gloves should be available for first aid and hygiene care procedures (these are available in the kindergarten. Once spillages have been put into newspaper, hands must be washed and dried after removal after removal of protective gloves. Once spillages have been put into newspaper it must then be placed in a sealed black plastic bag and put in the external blue dustbin for waste disposal. 

LOST CHILD
In the unlikely event of a child going missing within/from the School the following procedure will be implemented immediately. All staff will be informed and an immediate thorough search of the building will be made. All possible areas will be checked including toilets, cupboards and sheds, followed by a search of the car park and surrounding area. Ensuring that all other children remain supervised throughout. A staff member will notify members of the Senior Management Team to aid in the search. A member of staff will be sent out to search the surrounding roads. While the initial search is made the child’s teacher will make enquiries of all adults in the building to establish the last sighting and time, what clothes the child was wearing and the state of the child [happy, upset etc. If the child has not been accounted for, The Principals office will contact the Police and the child’s homeroom teacher will contact the parents/careers of the missing child. They will be asked to use the normal route the child would take. During this period staff will be continually searching for the missing child. Whilst other staff maintain as near to normal routine as possible for the rest of the children. The child’s teacher and other Senior Management staff will meet with the Police and parents/careers and will take instructions from the police. Telephone lines will remain as free as possible so that messages
are not delayed. Activities for the remaining children will continue as normal. Any incidents will be recorded in writing