North Baddesley Infant School

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Medicines & Illnesses

Medicines in School

We voluntarily administer prescribed medication as long as certain conditions and procedures have been fulfilled:

  1. Medication has been prescribed by a doctor
  2. Parents/carers are responsible for any medication their child has been prescribed and as such, must bring it to the school office and complete the necessary forms to enable us to administer it; medication cannot be accepted in school without complete written and signed instructions from the parent
  3. The medicine is in its original, labelled container
  4. We cannot administer any medicines such as Calpol and cough sweets and we do not allow these in school
  5. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to inform the Headteacher in writing when the medication or dosage is changed or no longer needed
  6. Parents are responsible for disposing of medicines – ensuring they are returned to a pharmacy for safe disposal
  7. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ANY MEDICINES WITH YOUR CHILD OR PUT THEM IN THEIR BOOK BAG

We keep all medicine in a locked medical cabinet that is not freely accessible to children unless otherwise instructed.

Medicines needing storage in the fridge are placed in an additional airtight container and marked medicines. They are not freely accessible to children.

First Aid

Should a child suffer any injury or illness causing concern, parents are notified immediately, unless they require hospital treatment. Should a child require hospital treatment, an ambulance will be called immediately and then parents will be contacted. All staff know how to call the emergency services. Children are regularly reminded/taught to tell a member of staff in the event of an emergency.

Staff must not take a child to hospital in their own car. If a parent or carer is unavailable a member of staff must accompany the child to hospital and stay until the parent arrives. If available, another member of staff should follow the ambulance with their own form of transport.

Health professionals are responsible for any decisions on medical treatment when parents are not available.

Individual health care plans for children with complex/long term medical needs will include instructions as to how to manage a child in an emergency and identify individual responsibilities.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS ARE KEPT UP TO DATE, PARTICULARLY PHONE NUMBERS AS WE WILL USE THESE TO CONTACT YOU IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

Guidance on How to Deal With Common Illnesses

We follow the recommended guidelines from the Department of Health. Children who are unwell with an infectious disease should not be at school or nursery. Once they are better they should return unless they pose a risk of infection to others.

Below is a list of common ailments and recommended time period your child should be kept away from school. Please take particular note of both diahorrea/vomiting, colds and flu and chicken pox which are most commonly experienced by children in school. Although we encourage good attendance and do not suggest your child be kept away from school unnecessarily, these recommendations are important to minimise the spread of any disease or illness.

These procedures not only help ensure the health of your child but of the other children and staff. Returning to school too quickly, even if your child seems to have recovered (particularly in the case of diahorrea and vomiting) can still pose a risk to other children. Please therefore keep your child at home for the recommended time period to help us minimise the spread of these ailments.

If your child is absent from school, please notify the office as soon as possible. If you are at all unsure whether your child should attend school, please contact the school office for more help and information.

ConditionRisk of Infection
Diarrhoea and/or vomitingUntil diarrhoea and vomiting has settled (children have experienced neither for the previous 48 hours)
Chickenpox5 days from onset of rash
Cold soresNone
German Measles5 days from onset of rash
ImpetigoUntil lesions are crusted or healed
Measles5 days from onset of rash
RingwormNone
ScabiesUntil treated
Scarlet fever5 days from commencing antibiotics
VerrucasNone. Verrucas should be covered if child is going swimming
Colds and fluChild may return to school or continue to attend school if they are well enough. They are most infectious prior to symptoms being exhibited.
Slapped cheekNone
ConjunctivitisNone