Children who are ill and unfit for school should, generally speaking, remain at home, but occasions do arise where children are well enough to be at school, but need to finish a course of medicine. Please note that staff are not able to administer general medicines. Current advice from the health authority is that children who need medicine three times a day should have it before coming to school, at the end of the school day and at bedtime. If you wish your child to have medicine at lunchtime then you will need to arrange with the school office to come in at 12 noon and administer it to your child. The exception to the rule is medicines which are administered in the case of an emergency such as inhalers for asthma and ‘Epipens’ for allergic reactions. Please do not send your child into school with medicines, including pain killers, cold remedies etc.
Every asthmatic child should have a reliever (blue) inhaler in school. These are kept in a labelled box in the child’s classroom. Asthmatic children must have an inhaler with them on school visits.
Family Support Worker
We now have our own family support worker. Mrs Shelley Bidmead works 4 days per week. contact reception if you would like to make an appointment.
At the beginning of each academic year parents are asked to fill in a data collection sheet which includes contact details for the adults who are responsible for each child. It is essential that parents keep these up-to-date during the year as we do not want to waste time in an emergency trying to track parents down. If you change address, telephone number (including mobile), work details or child-minder please let us know as soon as possible.
Medical screenings only take place in certain year groups. This involves basic health checks, e.g. height and weight with a nurse and parents are not required to attend, but are sent a letter before the screening. If your child is absent on the screening day then, at any time afterwards, the nurse may drop-in to school when they are in the area to finish screening. This can happen without them contacting the school or parents. If school has a specific health concern about your child, then we will contact you to discuss a referral. You will be asked to attend the meeting so that you can answer any medical history questions with the doctor. If parents are aware of any medical issues, please keep school informed.