Monday, 24 November 2014

St Thomas Primary School uses CareMonkey when managing student emergency on camp

St Thomas Primary School Sale  
Started using CareMonkey: April 2014
Deputy Principal, Webley Hirt gave us his account of how CareMonkey is solving practical challenges for their school.
"The teachers in charge said having the ability to access profiles and call parents from their smartphones was brilliant....This would not be possible with the old paper system"
 "We recently used the sms function to inform parents of a bus returning from camp being late" 

"Parents appreciate that the school is taking safety seriously by investing in a ‘third party’ program"  

How are you using CareMonkey?

We use CareMonkey to document all of our emergency information, this includes asthma/anaphylaxis management plans. The teachers love the fact they can open a child’s profile and look at an emergency management plan in pdf form.

We use the email function to prompt parents to update profiles or add elements such as management plans.  

How did CareMonkey help on your recent school camp? 

We had two camps running in different locations.  One child was injured and had to leave his camp group to be airlifted to hospital in Canberra. Fortunately the second camp group was in Canberra which meant there were teachers to look after him.  

As all teachers at St Thomas Primary can access a child's care profile via their smartphone, the Canberra teachers were able to access his profile, talk to his parents and provide updates. 
This would not have been possible with the old paper system, as only the teachers in charge of his original group would have had his details.

Overall, the teachers in charge of both camps said having the ability to access profiles and call parents from their smartphones was brilliant. 

This was particularly so when breaking into groups. In the past if splitting into groups, teachers would have to divide up the paper permission forms so that at any one time each teacher had emergency contact info for each child in their care. With CareMonkey this was overcome because each teacher had convenient access to details for every child. 

How are you introducing it to your 2015 prep families?

When we meet with the 2015 prep families I will be explaining the importance of filling out profiles for their children, with luck this will ensure that all of our new students have a profile made from the outset. 

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