Wherever possible, a child’s medication should be administered outside the course of the school day. However, if the medication is prescribed by a doctor four times a day and the timing of the medication is essential during the course of the school day, please complete an authorisation form from the office which states the name of your child, name of the medication, the dosage and how it is to be administered. The medication should be taken to the office and children should report there for the administration. If your child has asthma, please supply appropriate medication which can remain in school at all times.
Parents of children who become unwell at school or have had an accident will be contacted. It is the responsibility of parents to make arrangements for ill children to be collected from school and taken home, to the doctor or to the hospital. It is important that school has access not only to home telephone numbers, but also work numbers and other emergency contact numbers such as those of relatives, and that these are correct and up to date. We would be grateful, therefore, that you inform us if any of your contact details change.
Please note that for policies on infections on school we adhere to the Health Protection Agency guidance which can be found on this page.
Accidents and Illness In School
If your child is ill during school hours, or has an accident, you will be notified as soon as possible. Up to date emergency contact details and telephone numbers are essential.
We notify parents/carers if their child has had a bang or injury to the head and if an injury is serious enough to require an accident report to be sent to the Authority.
When your child starts school, you will be asked to give details of your address, telephone number, place of work etc. Please let us know of any changes to contact details as soon as you can.
Diarrhoea / or Sickness
Diarrhoea is defined as 3 or more loose or runny stools in a 24 hour period.
If your child has diarrhoea and/or vomiting, they must be kept off school for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea/ vomiting.
Since this ruling was introduced by the Health Protection Agency the spread of tummy bugs has been greatly reduced in schools.
Head lice are not serious, but can be very annoying. Research has shown that infections of head lice occur just as often in school holidays as during term time. It is a community problem.
A routine of regularly wet combing everyone’s hair in the family, to check for lice, is advisable. You must only treat if live lice are found.
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The DfEE/DoH guidelines state there is no need for a child who has head lice to stay away from school.
If you are at all worried about head lice or feel you need more advice on how to cope, then you should consult your school nurse, health visitor, pharmacist or family doctor.