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Absence and Illness

ABSENCE

Only the Headteacher can authorize absence from school. Parents must make a request for any absence.

Authorised absences include things like illness, hospital and dental appointments.

Unauthorised absence is when the school is not given a reason for a child’s absence from school or is given a reason which does not meet the criteria for authorised absence.

If your child is ill, please inform the school by telephone. Please leave a message on the answer phone.

If it is necessary for your child to leave school for a doctor or dentist appointment, please request leave of absence for this and come to the school office to collect your child at the agreed time.

Returning To School After Illness

School makes the request that no child who has had sickness or diarrhoea should return to school until 48 hours after the child's last occurrence of the symptoms. Early return often prompts a return of the illness and the illness is also passed on to other children.

Medicines and Pupils

When children are unwell, the best place for them is at home with an adult. A sick child will not be able to cope with school activities, and if the illness is infectious there will be a serious risk of other children and staff becoming ill.

Occasionally, however, a doctor regards a child as fit to return to school provided a prescribed medicine is taken at mid-day. There are also children with long-term illnesses who can only attend school if medication is either given during the school day or is available in an emergency.

Employees working under the School Teachers' Terms and Conditions of Employment have no contractual obligation to administer medicines. Any agreement to do so can therefore only be a voluntary act.

Parents/carers are responsible for the administration of medicine to their children. Usually doses of medicine can be timed around the school day. If a child requires medicine in the middle of the day, parents/carers may come into school to administer medicine.

In exceptional circumstances, staff are able to administer prescribed medication. Parents will need to make an appointment with the Headteacher to discuss the possibility of this. An appropriate consent form must be completed and procedures agreed. A health care plan may need to be written. Only prescription medicines will be administered by the staff, please do not ask us to give other medication.

If medication is sent to school, administration will not be possible without the completion of an appropriate consent form; letters of consent are not acceptable, therefore please follow the procedure detailed above

Asthma

Children who suffer from asthma and need an inhaler in school should keep it in the specified place in the classroom where it is easily accessible. An asthma card must be completed in advance so that the school is informed of the appropriate medication and dose for the child.

Headlice

From time to time, like in all schools, headlice occur. We have a leaflet in the school office, which gives advice on the best way to deal with them. Please ask the secretary for a copy if you require one. Headlice are not selective about which child's hair they choose to reside in, so please do not feel embarrassed about asking for a leaflet.

Broken Bones

If a child breaks a bone and has an arm or leg in a plaster cast, or is on crutches, they will need to have a risk assessment completed before they can return to school. If this applies to your child, please telephone school to arrange this before your child returns.

Health

The school nurse visits school during the school year. Dental, hearing and vision inspections are carried out at regular intervals. An appointment with the school nurse can be arranged for your child through the school.

Weight and height checks are carried out by the school Nursing team in Reception and Year 6. Parents are informed prior to this happening.