Reporting Illnesses and Absences

Reporting Illnesses and Absences

If your child is absent from school it is vital that an explanation of the absence is given as soon as possible and preferably by ringing the school from 08:30 am.  Where no explanation is received, school will contact parents usually by 09:30 am to ascertain the reason for absence.

Children who have medical/dental appointments during school hours should be collected from the school Office by their parent/s, or a responsible adult, a member of the Office staff will sign the child out.  If a child returns to school after an appointment, they should come to the school Office where they will be signed in.  School need to see evidence of medical or dental appointments in order to authorise the absence.

The school follows the guidance on infection control in schools as published by the Health Protection Agency.  We hope you will find this information helpful.  If you are unsure as to whether to send your child to school during a period of illness, please call the school Office for advice.

In March 2014, schools were asked to advise parents that a few cases of Scarlet Fever had been reported and the following document was published to inform parents of the symptoms. What is Scarlet Fever?

Head Lice

Children will not be excluded from school for having head lice but we do ask that you treat your child’s hair immediately that head lice are detected and that all parents check their child’s hair on a regular basis to prevent the spread of head lice.

The NHS Choices website states:

“Head lice are grey brown in colour, the size of a pin head when hatched and the size of a sesame seed when fully grown. They are spread by head to head contact, climbing from the hair of an infested person to the hair of someone else. A head lice infestation is not the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene. Head lice can affect all types of hair irrespective of its condition or length.

In most cases itching is the main symptom of head lice, however not everyone experiences itching. It’s not always easy to see head lice so detection combing is the best way of finding head lice. This involves using a special fine-toothed head lice comb to comb through the hair. It works better on wet hair but can be used on dry hair. Detection combs are available from chemists.

Head lice can usually be effectively treated using medicated lotions or by wet combing. Wet combing can be used without medicated lotions, but needs to be done regularly and can take a long time to do thoroughly. Medicated lotion or spray can be used as an alternative. However, no medicated treatment is 100% effective. It is difficult to prevent a head lice infestation. Regularly detection combing – for example on a weekly basis is the best way to find new lice quickly. Medicated lotions and sprays do not prevent head lice infestations and should only be used if a live louse has been found on yours or your child’s head”.

Vomitting

Should your child suffer a bout of vomitting, please inform the school as soon as possible and do not send your child to school. Your child must not return to school until they have had a period of 48 hours without vomitting.