Sickness & Medicines in school
Reporting Illness to School
We ask that you contact school in the morning to advise if your child is unable to attend school due to illness.
If your child is suffering with diarrhoea or vomiting please can you keep them off school until they have been free from any symptoms for at least 48 hours.
(see below for guidelines on controlling infections)
Illness in School
Although we do the best we can, there is no comfortable, quiet place for children in school when they are ill. We will contact you and look after your child until you can come and collect him/her.
The cuts and grazes resulting from boisterous play are dealt with by First Aiders. Accident forms are filled in and a copy given to the child.
If a child suffers a serious accident the parents are contacted immediately. If the parents cannot be contacted a member of staff will take your child to hospital for treatment. Make sure the school has your phone numbers and up to date contact details.
Make sure you inform school of any medical condition/s that your child may have in case a health care plan is needed.
Administration of Medicines
Under guidance from the LA and the teaching unions, please remember that staff are not allowed to routinely administer medicines.
Parents who wish prescribed medicines to be administered (assuming your child is well enough to be in school) must make arrangements to come to school to administer it at the appropriate times.
We ask that parents/carers administer prescribed medicines at home wherever possible but in exceptional cases if the timings of the doses mean that your child needs medicine to be administered in school (and no-one else is able to come to school to administer it) then school will do so but only medicines that are prescribed by a qualified Health Professional from a container which clearly states the child's name and the amount of dose to be taken (and is within date).
In this instance a form must be completed by the parent/carer (obtained from the school office)
Please make sure your child’s teacher and the school is aware of any allergies your child suffers from. If your child suffers from any allergies, requiring special and ongoing treatment, s/he must be included in the School’s Medical file. You must complete a medical health care plan and return it to school as soon as possible.
Inhalers (which must be in-date) must be kept in the classroom and your child taught how to administer it. We will get in touch if any inhalers are out of date.
Please keep us informed if your child’s medical conditions change so that we are able to support your child effectively. It is crucial that we are aware of all known conditions of your child so that we can care from them safely and appropriately.
Please visit our COVID-19 page on this web-site for the most up to date information:
COVID-19 Seven Stars guidance page
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
· a new continuous cough
· a high temperature
· a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at COVID-19 symptoms NHS advice or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· wash your hands as soon as you get home
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
· Further Information
Further information is available at NHS further advice