Medicines and Illness

Medication

If your child requires medication during the school day, please contact the school office to discuss your child’s needs and to complete a ‘Consent Form’.  All medication requirements need to be recorded and we are unable to administer any medication without a completed form.  All medication must be brought to and collected from the office by an appropriate adult.  Many thanks for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Please see below for various guidance on common childhood illnesses and absence requirements.

Vomiting & Diarrhoea

These are regularly occurring ailments to children, particularly in a school environment. Most outbreaks are short lived and are not severe. The advice we follow is given from the Health Protection Agency and it is that any child who has sickness and/or diarrhoea MUST remain at home for 48hrs AFTER the last episode.

 

Headlice

These are small insects, usually greyish brown in colour which can be difficult to see. They cannot jump, fly or swim but spread by crawling from head to head. They require warmth and suck blood from the scalp. The female eggs glue themselves to the base of the hair follicle and are commonly known as nits. Prevention is the best way forward. Please remember to check your child’s hair thoroughly on a weekly basis and treat as necessary. If your child has a head lice infection you are advised to contact everyone your child has been in contact with over the past few weeks. This includes family and friends, young or old, to advise them to check themselves and their families for head lice. In this way we can hopefully put an end to this problem. For further information please visit http:// www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Treatment.aspx

 

Threadworm

These are small, white, thread-like creatures that may cause itching or discomfort around the anal region particularly at night. Treatment is required via your Doctors and the whole family are often needed to be treated. Although it is unlikely to be spread from child to child in school, encouraging good personal hygiene is the best prevention.

 

Tonsilitis

This is a common ailment in children, often caused by a virus and rarely needs treatment. The child can come back to school when their temperature returns to normal and they are feeling well.

 

Impetigo

This is caused by a bacterial infection of broken skin, usually on the face around the mouth. Until the lesions are crusted and healed the child must remain at home.

Guidance of recommended absence from school with other illnesses

  • Athletes Foot: None
  • Chickenpox and shingles: children should be kept away from school for five days following the last crop of blisters/spots. It is not necessary to wait until spots have healed or crusted.
  • German measles: Children should be kept away from school for five days after the onset of the rash.
  • Hand, Foot & Mouth: None
  • Measles: Children should remain at home until five days after the start of the rash, returning to school after that only if well enough.
  • Slapped Cheek: None
  • Flu: When the child feels recovered
  • Whooping Cough: Children should remain at home and treated with antibiotics, if well enough, may return to school five days after antibiotics have begun.
  • Conjunctivitis: None
  • Mumps: Children should remain at home for five days from the onset of swollen glands but may then return as soon as well enough.