Illnesses and Absences
The school follows the guidance on infection control in schools as published by the Health Protection Agency. 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.
Head lice, or ‘nits’ are very common in children. They do not have anything to do with dirty hair, and are picked up by head-to-head contact. It is important that you treat your child’s hair as soon as you notice head lice, as this will help to prevent the spread to other people. There is no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice, but ensure you check their hair regularly and treat their hair as necessary.
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”.
Sickness / Vomiting & Diarrhoea
If your child has a sickness/vomiting bug or diarrhoea 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 sickness or diarrhoea.