Alert af­ter stu­dents bit­ten

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Vanessa Sch­mitt TWO stu­dents from Meadow Springs Pri­mary School were treated in hos­pi­tal for pos­si­ble snake bites.

Par­ent Karla Bur­bidge said a Year 1 stu­dent and a Year 4 stu­dent are be­lieved to have been bit­ten by a snake on the school oval just be­fore lunchtime on Novem­ber 9.

A Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman said in both cases no venom was found, there­fore snake bites had not been con­firmed.

In a let­ter to par­ents, prin­ci­pal Jac­quie Cooper and Meadow Springs Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port prin­ci­pal said par­ents were called im­me­di­ately.

“A snake ex­pert was also con­tacted to as­sess the area,” the let­ter said.

“As a pre­cau­tion, stu­dents were also asked not to play on the oval at lunch time. Please be as­sured that Meadow Springs Pri­mary School and Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre has emer­gency pro­ce­dures in place for th­ese types of in­ci­dents be­cause of our prox­im­ity to snake habi­tats.

“We have mul­ti­ple, spe­cific, snake-bite first aid kits avail­able on school grounds.

“All staff and stu­dents have re­ceived train­ing by St John Am­bu­lance on how to re­spond to any sus­pected snake bites.

“We will con­tinue to ed­u­cate our school com­mu­nity about snakes, and pro­vide prevention and risk man­age­ment strate­gies for stu­dents.”

In Septem­ber, Ms Bur­bidge’s daugh­ter Zoe (12) was also hos­pi­talised with a sus­pected snake bite.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman said the Septem­ber in­ci­dent was un­con­firmed be­cause no venom was found.

Ms Bur­bidge said staff at Meadow Springs Pri­mary School were prompt and pro­fes­sional in their re­sponse and duty of care, given the sit­u­a­tion at the time.

She urged stu­dents to be aware of their sur­round­ings.

“Ap­ply pres­sure im­me­di­ately if bit­ten and call an am­bu­lance,” Ms Bur­bidge said.

Meadow Springs Pri­mary School stu­dent Zoe da Silva spent the night at Peel Health Cam­pus af­ter a sus­pected snake bite.

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