illness, medicine & hygiene

llness in School

When we suspect illness we contact parents by telephone and sick children are looked after until their parents arrive. Cuts, bumps and bruises which occur at playtime or in games lessons are dealt with by qualified First Aiders on staff or Supervisory Assistants. A “Bump” note is sent home to inform parents as considered appropriate.

Medicines in school

Parents who wish prescribed medicines to be given to their child at school must sign a consent form for this which specifies the medication involved, circumstances under which it should be administered, frequency and level of dosage.  All medicine/tablets must be handed to the office for safekeeping. Please tell the appropriate staff of any medical condition concerning your child that we should know while he/she is in our care. 
Staff are NOT obliged to administer medicine.

Contact telephone number

In case of emergency, a telephone number must be given for every child. If a child sustains an injury which we feel should be seen by a doctor we make every effort to contact the parents before the child is taken to the surgery or casualty department.

Infectious diseases

We need to know, as soon as possible, if your child catches an infectious disease, acquires head lice, or develops a verruca. The Headteacher has the final responsibility for deciding whether a child can return to school after an infectious illness. Below is a list of infectious disease and minimum recommended periods away from school. If your child has been away due to any illness, please do not let him or her return until a full recovery has been made and strength and stamina restored. When children are not 100%, they feel poorly, do not learn and become unsettled.

IllnessMinimum period to be kept away from School
Chickenpox5 days from the appearance of rash
Measles7 days from the appearance of rash
MumpsUntil the swelling subsides
Rubella (German measles)4 days from the appearance of rash
Polio, Scarlet Fever, Influenza, Tuberculosis,
Dysentery, Diptheria, Jaundice, Whooping Cough
Until the child is physically well and the doctor and Headteacher agree on a return to School
ImpetigoUntil lesions are crusted and healed 

A child with asthma may have an inhaler, which may need to be used regularly, or before exercise, or when the child becomes wheezy.  Inhalers are kept in the school office, unless the school and parents feel the child is responsible enough to look after and carry their own inhaler.  Cases will be considered individually in consultation with parents and the school doctor.  The medical profession has confirmed that inhalers are very safe and it is unlikely that a child using another child’s inhaler will come to any harm. 

General Hygiene

We ask for parents’ co-operation in seeing that their child knows the basic rules of hygiene and realises the importance of washing hands after going to the toilet at school.

We also ask that due care is given to clothing, especially if a child is subject to bed-wetting, as children can get smelly in the warmth of the classroom and be embarrassed as a result.

Head Lice

Any child can catch head lice from an infected person at any time. Please consult your Chemist or Surgery on the most up-to-date guidelines for treatment. Please inform the school if your child is infected.


A verruca is a wart in the sole of the foot, which is painful and infectious. Your family doctor will advise you on treatment. Please inform the school and keep the infected foot covered.

Sickness and/or rash

If your child is suffering from sickness, and/or a rash or diarrhoea,  please keep them off school for at least 48 hours after the illness has passed.


If your child has diabetes, be sure your child’s teacher understands the management of possible hypoglycaemic attacks. Make sure the teacher understands the need for taking glucose in whatever form your child will accept at such times.


This is much more common than people realise. If there is the least risk that your child will have a “fit” or “turn” in school, please warn the Headteacher who will then be able to see that her staff are properly aware of any precautions they may have to take with your child.

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