If your child is absent from school due to illness please telephone on the first day of absence before 9.30a.m. If the illness continues please inform on the third day of absence. On return to school your child should bring in a letter to explain their absence.
Administration of Drugs and Medicines
As a school we will administer a prescribed medication if it is a four times daily dose. This is because one of the four doses has to be taken during the middle of the day when the child is at school. A three times a day prescribed medicine can be taken before the child starts the school day and when they return home. The parent/carer will need to complete a ‘Prescribed Medication Form’ and hand it in with the medication via the school office only. All prescribed medicines should be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration and dosage. Medication not in the original container will not be accepted, it must have the child’s name clearly labelled. The office staff will then ensure that the medication is stored in the appropriate way either in the locked cupboard in the office or refrigerated in the Staff Room fridge.
Any member of staff may administer a controlled drug to the child for whom it has been prescribed. Staff administering medicine should do so in accordance with the prescriber’s instructions.
As a school we are not able to administer ‘over the counter’ medication from a chemist e.g. Calpol. If you want your child to have non prescribed medication then we ask that you come to school to administer the medication yourself. If you are unable to get to school then you may give written permission for a relative or family friend to administer the medication. You must inform the school office of these arrangements.
It is at the discretion of the headteacher to administer non-prescribed pain relief for an ongoing diagnosed medical condition and in the case of exceptional circumstances where a parent has been advised to purchase their own ‘calpol’ as it is cheaper than prescribing it. In this instance a request form must be submitted and authorised by the parent and Headteacher ONLY. This form will detail the exact circumstances when the medicine can be administered which will only be after verbal permission being given at the time and it will not be administered before 1.30pm (4 hours 30minutes after arriving in school)
If tablets are required for medical reasons or special educational reason i.e., Ritalin for ADHD we must receive information by the child’s consultant and you have to complete the appropriate form from the school. These must be brought to the school office and a small book is used to record how many tablets are received which the parent must sign. This is then recorded everyday with how many tablets are administered and how many still remain on site.
All inhalers are held in the class medical box (green storage box indicated by a first aid sign) not on their person unless the child’s care plan states otherwise. Each child should have a named green wallet with their named inhaler and recording booklet. The booklet should be completed and signed by the child’s parent/carer and renewed every September.
A child who is prescribed an epi-pen should have two epi-pens on site and a care plan in place, which should be reviewed annually by the parent/carer and their new class teacher. The child should carry one epi-pen on them, at all times, using a green first aid bum bag. In the bum bag there should also be a copy of the individual care plan and a flow chart to help staff responding to an incident. The child’s second epi-pen with antihistamine (if needed) is kept in the school office in a named tub on the top of the medical cupboard. All staff receive epi-pen training annually from the School Nurse and only staff who are trained can administer adrenaline from an epi-pen.
Important – Please inform your child’s class teacher if there is anything we should know about your child e.g. epilepsy, poor eye sight, hearing difficulties, allergies etc.
Vomiting or Diarrhoea
If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they will need to remain off school for 48 hours following the last bout of sickness. We have children in school with immune system deficiencies and ask for you to follow this vigilantly.
Information on Head lice
Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair and are usually picked up from head-to-head contact. There’s nothing you can do to prevent head lice, you can reduce the risk of lice spreading by avoiding head-to-head contact. Don’t use medicated lotions and sprays to prevent head lice as this can irritate the scalp. There’s no need for children to stay off school. For more information on prevention and treatment for more information clink on the link Head Lice 2017
NHS Worcester Health Care School Health and Nursing team
Our school Nurse is Kerry Leith and is available at Catshill Clinic on 01527 488321 should you wish to discuss any medical matters with her.
The school Health and Nursing service is part of the integrated ‘Starting Well’ service with the Health Visiting team. They are registered nurses who have undertaken specialist training in public health for children, young people and families and whom are supported by trained Health Care Support Workers. Together they work with local communities, families and individual children in different settings including homes, parenting support groups and GP surgeries to provide essential link between school, home and community that promotes safeguarding and well-being. For more information click on the link Starting Well School Health Nursing Primary
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