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Rules and policies

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Amaroo policies and procedures for the following topics are listed in detail below.

  • Staff, supervision and helpers

  • Cancellations and postponements (unsuitable weather)

  • Use of supply teachers

  • Safety

  • Accidents, injuries, sickness and medications

  • First aid

  • Student behaviour

Staff, supervision and helpers

Visiting teachers are responsible for the supervision of students during morning tea and lunch breaks.

Parents/caregivers and volunteer helpers are welcome to attend with the visiting class. However, to ensure smooth running of the program, toddlers should not attend: it is difficult for helpers to carry out their responsibilities as a helper while supervising their own child.

Cancellations and postponements – unsuitable weather

In the event of unsuitable weather conditions, consultation will be made with the school as to the possibility of rescheduling the visit to another date. Schools in doubt regarding weather conditions should contact the Centre as soon as possible. The Centre reserves the right to cancel or postpone a visit due to any unforeseen circumstance which may arise.

Use of supply teachers

If the class teacher is not attending, the school must inform the centre prior to arrival and ensure that the replacement teacher is adequately trained and aware of the requirements of the visit. In particular, they need to be aware of:

  • student behaviour

  • the management of students with health conditions.

Safety

Amaroo staff endeavour to provide a safe working environment to ensure that the welfare of all visitors is maintained.

As noted above, visiting teachers are responsible for the supervision of students during morning tea and lunch breaks.

Visiting teachers must familiarise themselves with the Centre’s:

Teachers are also responsible for completing a Variation to School Routine form and any required risk assessments. Risk assessment guides for curriculum activities associated with Amaroo's programs can be downloaded from the relevant program page.

In line with the Department’s Policy HLS-PR-001 Creating Smoke-Free Environments, visitors are not permitted to smoke on government premises or in the presence of children. Teachers are required to advise all visitors of this policy.

Accidents, injuries, sickness and medications

Visiting teachers must advise Amaroo staff of students who have:

  • a medical condition, including allergies

  • medication

  • an individual management plan

Visiting teachers must be aware of departmental policy HLS-PR-009: Administration of Routine and Emergency Medication and Management of Health Conditions, particularly for students with diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and asthma.

Schools are reminded to ensure that written permission from parents/caregivers has been provided regarding student self-medication.

Visiting teachers are responsible for all record keeping with regards to medication of students.

After a visit to a forest area, teachers should advise students to check themselves at home for ticks and leeches which could cause complication if undetected.

If sickness or injury occurs during the visit the visiting teacher may be requested to contact the parents/caregiver directly to arrange for collection from the study site and transportation to medical treatment.

In the case of an accident or injury requiring immediate medical treatment, contact will be made with the Queensland Ambulance Service for transportation to hospital for medical treatment. The school will be informed to contact the student’s parents/caregiver.

In some circumstances, the centre may assist with transportation of the student.

Should any medical situation occur, Amaroo Centre staff are to be advised. The Centre maintains an Accident Report Register.

First aid

A member of school staff trained in first aid should accompany the students on the visit. The school should carry a first aid kit with them to ensure access is available during transit to and from the centre.

All medications should be stored in a secure container.

Amaroo staff are trained in first aid and carry a first aid kit with them when out in the field.

Student behaviour

Note: Extract from Amaroo Environmental Education Centre’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students (PDF, 333KB).
In most circumstances, Amaroo staff will support the Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students of the visiting school. The visiting teachers will need to be aware of the requirements of the centre and therefore schools should note that when visiting the centre they are under the direction of centre staff and visiting teachers are expected to comply.

The following is a set of behaviour standards for students visiting Amaroo Environmental Education Centre.

General behaviours

  • Listen carefully to information and instructions. Always follow directions from staff.
  • Treat all equipment with care and respect.
  • During free time be fair, take turns and cooperate with others.
  • Stay within the designated boundaries and areas.
  • Observe the areas designated for running and those for walking.
  • Always ask permission before entering storerooms, staff rooms or office areas and sheds. 
  • Consider and take care of others.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Always be co-operative and courteous.
  • Shoes and hats must be worn.
  • Throwing objects is not permitted unless it is part of an organised activity.
  • Students are not to touch any electrical equipment unless supervised.
  • Report all accidents and injuries to a Centre teacher.
  • Toilets must be kept clean and flushed.
  • In public places, go to the toilet with a buddy and ask a teacher first. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water after going to the toilet and before eating.
  • Respect the privacy of others using the toilet.
  • Waste placed in centre bins is for composting or recycling only. Take home non-compostable or non-recyclable waste.
  • Know the centre’s emergency procedures.

Bush walking

  • Stay with the leader and the group
  • Walk, don’t run
  • Watch for dangers (e.g. snakes, low branches, obstacles which could cause you to slip or trip)
  • Observe the rules of the area you are visiting.
  • Keep noise to a minimum.
  • When observing things, always return them to their correct place.
  • If lost, don’t panic: stay where you are, call ‘help’ frequently and listen.

Fire safety

  • Students are not to interfere with or go near fires unless supervised.
  • Fire extinguishers and safety blankets must not be tampered with
  • Fires must only be lit by authorised people in designated areas
  • Gas cylinders, aerosol sprays and flammable materials are not to be placed near open fires

Statements on ‘The Use of Personal Technology Devices’ and ‘Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Incidents of Bullying (including Cyberbullying)’ are available in the centre’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for Student (PDF, 333KB).

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Last reviewed 02 April 2019
Last updated 02 April 2019