Health & Medicine
Our aim is to support our families encourage their children and young people to grow healthily, safely and responsibly. We endeavour to share ideas and signpost families to get the advice and help they need in order to be as fit and well as possible. The following websites are full of great resources.
If your child requires medication, either short term (eg antibiotics) or long term (ie asthma inhalers), these can be administered by the school office, after parents have completed a consent form. Please do not send in any form of medication unless previously discussed with the school office.
The problem of head lice is always with us — children and school staff alike! There is no provision for checking children’s heads so we advise that you check your child’s head regularly. If you do find head lice, we ask that you inform the school so that we can alert other parents. If we see live lice on your child, we will ask that you take him/her home to be treated. For more advice on this continual problems look at www.onceaweektakeapeek.com.
Minor injuries are dealt with by school office staff who have all been first aid trained. If staff consider that the injury needs further medical attention, we will contact a parent. In the case of serious injury that requires immediate medical attention an ambulance will be called, and parents contacted.
Sickness and Medical Appointments
If your child is unwell during the day, we will telephone you. If you need to take your child home, we ask you to sign him/her out at the office. We follow NHS guidance advising after vomitting and/or diarrhoea please keep children away from school for a clear 48 before returning them in order to help prevent spread.
If you need to take your child out of school during the day for a medical appointment, we ask that you put this in writing then come to the school office, where you can sign him/her out. After a medical appointment, please bring your child to the school office when they return.
If your child should bump their head whilst at school, we will take the following action:
- Where the bump is considered minor and gives no cause for concern, a standard text will be sent to the main parental contact, informing them that their child has sustained a bump to the head and to look in the child’s bag for the associated head bump form.
- Should we have any concerns regarding the injury, a member of staff will telephone the parents to inform them of the injury and advise them of what steps, if any, need to be taken i.e. collect from school for observation at home.
- In the case of a severe bump causing serious concern, the school will immediately call the ambulance service and inform the parents by telephone.
All children sustaining a head bump will be given a head bump sticker enabling staff members to continue to monitor them throughout the day. Additionally, they will receive a completed head bump form informing parents of the date, time and nature of the bump, stating how it was received and what treatment was given. We inform parents when a child bumps their head so that parents can keep an eye on their child once they get home from school. This is because it is possible for a more serious internal injury to occur with no obvious symptoms for several hours. For your guidance, the form includes advice to parents/carers concerning children with head injuries but emphasise that this does not replace parental instinct.