Sickness, Absence and Medical Matters

Illness at Home

 If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, we ask you to let us know by 9.00am. We have a telephone answer system that enables you to report your child’s absence. If we have not been informed of a reason for absence by 9.20am, the School Office will try and contact you.

In order to prevent the spread of bugs and infections, parents should not send their child back to school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or sickness.


Medicines in school

 The school does not administer any non-prescription medicines except in exceptional circumstances.


Children needing prescription medicines for long-term medical conditions will need a Health Care Plan which will be drawn up with health care professionals, parents and an appropriate member of staff. It is only in these circumstances, or in a medical emergency, that we are able to administer medicine.

If your child has been prescribed antibiotics on a '3 per day' basis, we would recommend that these doses are given before school, after school and at bedtime.  If the prescription is '4 per day' please speak to Mrs James, our First Aider, about completing the appropriate forms to authorise self-administration of medication.  Medicine must be provided in a pre-measure syringe, stored in a lidded plastic box and labelled with the child's name.


Asthmatic Children

 Children with asthma or allergies should have an inhaler or ‘jext-pen’ in school.   These must be in the original packaging from the chemist/pharmacy and labelled with the pharmacy label for the named child. We will supervise their use and administer them in exceptional circumstances. All medications are kept centrally and taken on all visits. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that they are in date and in school.


Head lice

 Head lice are a fact of life! Across the country an average of two to three children per class may have head lice at any one time.

As a school we advise parents to:

Be vigilant in checking your child’s hair regularly and, if there are any lice or eggs, take appropriate action.

If lice or eggs are found, use a large amount of conditioner when washing the hair, and then carefully comb out the lice/nits with a nit comb (available from any chemist).

Consider using treatment lotions which can be bought over the counter – ask at your local chemist.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. It is only if everyone takes care that we have any hope of eradicating this problem.


Sun Protection

 We want children to enjoy the benefits of the summer without the possible health risks. At school, we try to avoid over-exposure and encourage children to use the shaded areas.


You can help in the following ways:

  • provide your child with a sun hat

  • apply an all-day sun cream to your child before school

  • provide sun cream for your child to use in school if necessary

    If your child brings sun cream to school, it must be labelled with their name and it must be self-administered. Alternatively, if you are able, you may come to school at the start of lunch hour to administer it yourself.


    Children are not allowed to share each other’s sun cream.