If your child becomes ill at school we will contact you. It is clearly important that we have up-to-date records of home/work telephone numbers so that we can get in touch with your or someone else who can look after your child. If we cannot contact you, your child will be cared for at school. Please keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details.
We always try to let your know if your child has had a minor accident or has been ill (accident notes/bumped head notes are sent home).
If there was an emergency and your child became seriously ill or had an accident, we clearly decide on the best immediate action. We certainly contact you, and we may have to administer first aid until we can consult with a doctor. If you cannot be contacted the Head Teacher or a member of staff will accompany your child to the hospital.
As a matter of school policy we would not usually accept medicines in school. However, if the circumstances are such that medicines are required during the day, parents should consult the office who will arrange for prescribed medicines only to be administered during the day. This is the case with medicines which are prescribed 4 times a day in total. Parents do have to fill in a form to give permission. Obviously the main exception to this relates to children who need to use inhalers because of asthma. We would recommend that children (particularly our older pupils) look after their inhalers themselves. We would ask all parents to obtain a spare inhaler (or capsules) to be stored in school in case your child forgets/loses their inhaler.
Please inform us if your child has any medical condition we should be aware of.
Is your child too ill to attend school?
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school and often you don't have long to make the decision.
Not every illness needs to keep your child from school and we don't want our children to miss any learning if they don't have to. However, there are times when children should be kept off school, both to aid their recovery and to ensure they do not pass on their illness to others in the class.
There are some really useful NHS guidance, that we'd urge you to read.
If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.