Principals may enter into arrangements with other bodies, such as a Parents and Citizens Association, to deliver all or part of this program. Any arrangements between the school and the P&C Association should be formalised in a short agreement. The P&C should accept that it will meet the same performance conditions outlined in the School's contract with the ASC.
Notwithstanding any agreement with the P&C, the school is ultimately responsible for delivery of the program. The school must ensure that in any arrangement with the P&C it is not in breach of its non-delegable duty of care to students.
Participation by parents and children in the program is entirely voluntary. However, staff members responsible for supervision of children or delivery of the program owe a duty of care to all children who participate. The same level of vigilance afforded to children in school programs must be given to children involved in the program. Principals must ensure that all persons involved in the delivery of the program are in attendance and fully aware of their responsibilities
It is necessary to have up to date contact details for all parents or guardians of children in the program. A child should not be accepted into the program unless a parent can guarantee that the parent or a nominated person is on call during the times when the program is conducted. Parents must be contacted immediately if the child enrolled in the program fails to attends, is injured or unwell or leaves earlier that the agreed time.
Parents must indicate their child's level of participation when giving formal written consent to the program. Included in the consent should be details of transport arrangements, any health conditions, allergies or food restrictions (see student medical information form 52k ). Consent to the sharing of this information with all persons involved in the delivery of the program should be obtained.
The School/OSHCS Coordinator should ensure that the parent's consent is accessible and that contact details can be quickly located in an emergency. Schools should note the AASC Program - participant application form 58k as the preferred model.
This page was last reviewed on 22 Sep 2011