Illness in School

Illness in School

What should I do if my child is ill?

  • Please telephone the school before 09.00 if your child is going to be absent due to illness.
  • To avoid the spread of infection within school, children absent because of a tummy bug may not, following guidance from the Area Health Authority, return to school until a full 48 hours has elapsed since the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. Children who become ill in school are referred to Mrs Wood, and parents are contacted immediately when necessary.

Medical Conditions and Medication

All staff are first-aid trained. It is important that you keep the school fully informed of any condition, serious or otherwise that your child may be experiencing. This can be done either by letter, verbally or on the Pupil Information Form. It is important that the school is made aware of those children with a medical condition so that appropriate care can be provided when necessary.

The school will administer medication on your behalf, on request. All requests must be in writing. Children may not routinely carry over-the-counter medication for self-administration. However, children requiring medication for long term conditions such as diabetes or asthma are encouraged to keep their medication either with them or in the designated medical cabinet or fridge as specified in the Individual Medication Plan (IMP).

Children with asthma should be able to manage their condition and carry their inhaler with them at all times. The school will apply sun protection cream provided by parents to younger children and encourage older children to apply it themselves. All staff are provided with guidance by appropriate medical personnel on how to manage children with long term medical conditions.