If your child is absent through illness or a medical appointment, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Both these reasons for absence negatively affect attendance. Please try to arrange medical appointments (doctor, dentist, hospital) out of school hours.
Diarrhoea and Vomiting Exclusion
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting commonly affects children and staff and can be caused by a number of different germs, including viruses, parasites and bacteria. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (by unwashed hands), especially in children. In general, it is recommended that any staff member or child with diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms must stay away or be excluded from the school or early years setting until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours (the ‘48 hour rule’) and feel well. Personal hygiene whilst ill must be very strict.
If your child is sick at school, we will ask you or your emergency contact to take your child home. They should not return for 48 hours. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases, and you may not believe your child is ill, but you will appreciate that we do this in all cases and it should reduce the risk of infection for all children in school. As an example, if your child is sick at lunchtime on a Tuesday, they should not return to school until after lunch on Thursday, provided there have not been any further episodes of vomiting.
Medication Staff are under no obligation to administer medication and we would ask that wherever possible medication is administered at home. However, for very short periods of time, for example if a child is finishing a course of antibiotics, staff will endeavour to assist, subject to completion of a consent form by a parent. Medication should be handed into the office where the consent forms are available. If your child is likely to need any other medication regularly or in emergencies, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher.