Health and Medication

Medication

With coughs and colds during the winter months students can have throat sweets on them but all other medication i.e. paracetamol/cold-flu medication must have a note from the parent/carer to give consent and should kept in the medical room. This must be in the original box and not loose tablets. Antibiotics can be given at school but only if really necessary.  If possible please try and space them out at home to avoid bringing them into school. It is also the responsibility of the students to take their medication not for staff to have to remind them. If they refuse to take them we cannot insist that they do.

Toilet passes

Students are not allowed to leave a lesson to go to the toilet unless they have a medical condition. This needs to be evidenced and proof provided in the form of medication or a letter from GP. We have had a lot of issues with students requesting a pass for periods. This will not be issued unless a student is on medication for periods or has a gynaecological condition. Students have a break every 3 hours minimum and should have sufficient time to change in this time. Please ensure that your child is wearing adequate protection and it is absorbent enough for their needs (panty liners are not designed for a heavy flow). If your child has an issue which may be temporary i.e. a urine infection please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Parson our Academy school nurse and a temporary pass will be issued.

Sickness

Please refer to the table below on procedures for sickness

What is wrong with me?

How long do I need to be off school for?

Shall I go to the doctors?

Do I need to inform the school?

Sickness and diarrhoea

48 hours from last episode

Only if you have other medical issues

Yes - can be easily spread

Chicken pox

Until all spots/lesions have crusted over

Yes - doctor will need to provide confirmation of illness

Yes- can be harmful to pregnant women

Cold sore

None

Treatment available from pharmacy

No

German measles

Four days from onset of rash

Yes- doctor will need to provide confirmation of illness

Yes

Hand, foot and mouth

None

Not unless unwell with other symptoms

Yes

Impetigo

Until lesions have crusted or 48hrs after starting antibiotic treatment

Yes- seek pharmacy advice if unable to get hold of GP

Yes

Measles

Four days after rash

Yes confirm with doctor- preventable with MMR Jab

Yes

Ringworm

Not normally required- keep covered

Seek advice from pharmacy

No

Scabies

Child can return after first treatment

Yes

Yes

Scarlet fever

Child can return 24hrs after starting treatment

Yes

Yes- risk to pregnant women

Slapped cheek/parvovirus B19

None once rash has developed, unless unwell with it

No unless other symptoms have developed

Yes- risk to pregnant women

Shingles

None if shingles can be covered but lesions must be crusted before returning to school on exposed skin

Advised to seek confirmation from doctor

Yes- risk to pregnant women

Flu (influenza)

Until recovered

If other medical conditions present and symptoms not improving within 5 days

No

Conjunctivitis

None

Treatment available from pharmacy

No

Glandular Fever

None

To be confirmed by blood test

No

Head Lice

None- treatment only recommended with live lice

Advise available through Pharmacy

Yes

Meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia

Until recovered

Yes urgent attention required

Yes- risk to vulnerable staff and children

Meningitis viral

Until recovered

Yes

Yes-  risk to vulnerable staff and children

MRSA

None

Yes- will need treatment

No

Mumps

Exclude child for five days after onset of swelling

Yes- will need treatment

Yes-  risk to vulnerable staff and children

Tonsillitis

None

Yes if bacterial, no if viral

no