MEDICINES IN SCHOOL
If your child requires medicine to be given during school hours you will need to complete the appropriate form. This is in accordance with the Surrey County Council's Young People's Health and Administration of Medicines, Children, School and Families Guidance @ www.surrreycc.gov.uk.
There are 2 categories
- Short term e.g. paracetamol, antibiotics, creams - please complete short term request form and also sign the appendix
- Long term e.g. epi pens, inhalers - please complete the long term request form and also sign the appendix
Schools are able to hold a bottle of paracetamol on site to use if a child needs it for pain relief (for example if they get a headache, or any other type of mild to moderate pain). Following a review of our Medical Policy regarding the dispensing of non-prescribed medicine to children, we now are required to have written as well as verbal consent to administer paracetamol in school.
All medicines must be labelled with your child's name and handed into the school office by an adult. They must also be in the original packaging. Prescription medication must have the pharmacist's label on.
Medicines that require to be with the children will then be handed to the appropriate member of staff and stored in a secure place. Short term medicines will be kept in the medical cupboard or fridge, if required, and stored securely.
COVID update: Any children who are unwell must stay off school until they are 100% well to return. Further to the pandemic we will be following Government guidelines to ensure the well being and safety of all pupils, implementing the required procedures, Families and staff who show any symptoms must get tested and can only return back if the results are negative.
Reporting your child's absence
We are pleased to announce that we have introduced a new, more efficient and secure system for reporting your child’s absence, called Studybugs.
This is a safe way to report when your child is sick and off school. With a few quick taps or clicks, you can record absence due to illness. We will receive the message direct to our register system even if you are reporting it at 6 am or 11 pm at night! No more need to phone/email in or queue in the morning to report the absence.
A link can be also found on the home page of our school website.
Top 3 reasons to use Studybugs
- It is linked with our register system so we know right away who is present in school or absent.
- It is quick and easy to register and use and automatically reminds you to keep us posted if your child is off for longer than the one day.
- It will no longer be necessary to ring the office and leave a message if your child is absent. However, please report your child’s absence before the start of school day.
INFECTION CONTROL IN SCHOOL
In order to prevent the spread of infection, the school follows the advice of the government's Health Protection Agency (HPA) in respect of the amount of time a child should be kept away from school after a period of illness.
Here is an extract from the HPA Guidance for the most common illnesses and infections:
Infection or illness
Recommended period to be kept away from school
|Diarrhoea and/or vomiting||48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting|
|Chicken Pox||Five days from the appearance of rash|
|Measles||Four days from the appearance of rash|