Helpful Information From the Nurse
Below are some answers to some frequently asked questions about your child being unwell and what to do.
Absences Due to Illness
The school reception should be contacted on the absence reporting extension before 09.30am on a daily basis to let us know if your child is unwell and unable to attend school. If the school does not receive a telephone call your child will be marked as an unauthorised absence and a telephone call will be made to check as to why your child is not in school.
If you feel your child is unable to attend school for 8:40am (e.g illness, over-tiredness) we kindly request that they are not then brought into school later in the day. This ensures that they are fully recovered and ready to learning for the next day. It is also quite disruptive for both them and the class if they re-join their class part-way through the day.
Illness and Treatment
The aim of the school is to keep your child healthy; however during your child’s day at school he/she may become unwell or injured. Where possible we will treat your child enabling them to stay in school. However if a child becomes too unwell to remain in class we will contact parents to come and collect him/ her. If your child is unwell before the start of the school day, please do not send them to school. A child who is ill will be unable to concentrate and will not benefit from being in school; also there is a risk of infection being passed to classmates and teaching staff.
During Childhood children may contract diseases such as chicken pox, impetigo etc. If a pupil is suspected of having an infectious disease or has a rash parents will be contacted to come and collect their child from school.
The school follows Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare settings. Please click on the link below for further information.
Diarrhoea and Vomiting
As in the guidance above any child who is absent from school or sent home with diarrhoea or vomiting , should not return to school for 48 hours , unfortunately the school cannot make exceptions to the rule. Your child should be eating and drinking normally without symptoms re-occurring.
Please inform the school if your child has been treated for head lice, the information will be confidential, a letter can then be sent to parents of the year group to check their child’s hair. If hair is shoulder length it should be tied back to lessen the chance of head lice spreading.
Over the Counter Medication
Simple over the counter medicines such as Calpol, Calpol six plus, Nurofen, Piriton and Priteze are kept in a locked cupboard in the first aid room and can be administered by the Nurse and members of staff trained in the administration of medicines. The school will provide a completed administration of medicines form for parents when an over the counter medication has been given to inform of the name, dosage and time given.
Any prescription medicine brought into school will need to have a consent form completed (see below) and signed by a parent. It must be clearly labelled, in its original container and must have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist in the United Kingdom. Please do not send prescription tablets into school in an envelope or cut from a pack. The school nurse and trained staff may refuse to administer the medicine if it has expired, is not the correct dosage, prescribed for another person or any other valid reason.