Noting the highly varied range of physical, medical and intellectual challenges our students deal with on a daily basis, we recognise that Doctors, Specialists, Therapists and Clinicians are a daily part of their lives, and yours as a parent.
In recent years, there has been a large shift in Australia's Disability support network with the introduction of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).
This causes many difficulties, noting the volume of children and for each child, the volume of therapists. It has been necessary to put in place a strict policy that therapists NOT visit children at School. This has been endorsed and supported by the School Council.
There are a few reasons for this policy, for which we hope you will read on to understand and support our school.
Firstly, due to the number of students whom have many different therapists working with them, our resourcing and facilities are unable to accomodate the large numbers of providers which would come through the school. To comply with duty of care requirements, all visitors must be in line of sight by a teacher so this becomes difficult and can take teachers away from the core duties of teaching.
Secondly, many students are unable to effectively manage when visitors attend the school and students are withdrawn.
Thirdly, not all providers have their DCSI criminal history checks. This means that they are unable to work with children on the school site.
Suggested Solutions For You
If a therapist requests an appointment with your child during school hours, suggest to them that it must be performed at their premises or ideally, appointments are made out of school hours. School concludes at 3:00pm each day.
We thank you for your understanding and invite you to contact school on 8293 3779 with any further questions or to advise us of appointments for your child.
You can also use the REPORT A CHILD ABSENT form on this website as an additional way to notify us in advance of external medical appointments.