Illness / Absence
If your child is absent from school, please inform the school office on the morning of the absence, ideally before school starts and certainly by 9.30am. Absences can be notified by leaving a message on our answerphone at any time. Registers are checked each morning and you will be contacted if we do not know why your child is absent.
If your child is sick during the day, we will contact you so that your child may be taken home. Cuts and grazes from playground falls are dealt with in the school’s medical room but if a more serious injury is suspected, parents and carers will be contacted.
Please be aware that if your child is sick or has diarrhoea they should not return to school until at least 48 hours after their last bout.
Do ensure that we have up-to-date phone numbers for you and the details of at least one emergency contact.
We have a number of trained first aiders on the school site at all times and ensure that their training is regularly updated. Our school nurse is available on request to visit the school to advise and work with children, parents and carers, and staff on a variety of health-related issues.
Updated regulations from the Department for Education (DfE) about the administration of medicines came into force on 1st September 2014.
In line with these regulations, we will only administer medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor or dentist.
Such medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and which include the prescriber's instructions for administration. Prescription medicines will only be administered by the school if the dosage is more than 3 times each day. Parents are encouraged to request a prescribe dosage to fit around the school day.
In exception to the above, we now keep a small stock of standard liquid paracetamol for relief of pain ie period pain, migraines to pupils of all ages; and, standard antihistamine for symptoms of mild allergic reaction, such as hayfever.
None of the above will be administered without checking with the parent first. It is imperative that medical forms are completed and returned as without consent we will be unable to administer any non-prescription medicines.
For further detailed information please read our Managing Medicines Policy.