Check the table below if you are uncertain whether your child can come to school due to illness. Make sure you ring up the school to notify us of your child’s absence and when they will return. If you are unsure, please ring the office and speak to a member of staff who can advise you.
The Teaching Assistants and Admin staff will assist all sick and injured pupils, as necessary in their class area or in the Medical Room. The class areas and the Medical Room are equipped with a range of First Aid supplies to deal with most injuries. Wherever possible the pupil is encouraged back to class, however if this is not possible or feasible, then parents will be called to collect their child from the Admin Centre.
We can only administer medicines to the children if they have been prescribed by a doctor.
We will require a “Prescribed Medication” form to be completed for any medication that is to be administered at school.
We are unable to administer expired medication; it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that medication kept at school is in date.
Epipens or Anapens
If your child has severe allergies that may require an Epipen or Anapen, we request that two are kept at school and that a care plan is completed.
One ‘pen’ will be kept in your child’s classroom medical bag so that it is close to them during class based activities; the other will be kept in the Medical Room.
When your child is on a school trip, both ‘pens’ and any other medicine needed will be taken with them.
If your child requires an inhaler, we ask that two are kept at school. One will be kept in the classroom bag so that it is close to your child during class based activities and can be administered by the teacher or teaching assistant. The other inhaler will be kept in the Medical Room and can be administered during the lunchtime and is used to make up the club medical bag, to enable the inhaler to be accessible to the coach/instructor.
See Forms for Medical Form
Sickness & Diarrhoea
If your child is sick at school or at home, they cannot attend school until they have been clear of their sickness or diarrhoea for 48 hours after their last episode.
Hand Gel Stations
The school has hand gel stations in each of the pupil areas, outside of their toilet blocks, so that pupils can sanitise their hands with ease, whenever they wish to. The hand gel stations help to prevent the spread of infection when used correctly.
We are constantly working on further development of our curriculum to ensure that pupils are aware of health issues such as eating a balanced diet and drinking water throughout the day.
We are a very active school when it comes to curriculum based sport, lunchtime activities and after school clubs. We have a very large number of children involved in sport related activities on a daily basis and many of our teams do well in local competitions. We also hold a variety of ‘Healthy Living’ events and curricular activities.
COVID-19 guidelines 1st April 2022
From Friday 1st April 2022, there are significant changes to the COVID-19 government guidance. I have highlighted the main changes for you below.
- There will no longer be free universal access to COVID testing, both LFD and PCR, in England.
- adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
- adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. If after 5 days, you still feel unwell and have a temperature then continue to stay at home and avoid people until you are well enough to resume normal activities.
- children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
- children and young people aged 18 and under with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, which is when they are most infectious. If after 3 days, they feel well and do not have a high temperature then they can return to school.
Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:
- continuous cough
- high temperature, fever or chills
- loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
- muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
- not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
- headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
- sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick
What to do if you are a close contact of someone that has tested positive for COVID-19
People who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are at the highest risk of becoming infected because they are most likely to have prolonged close contact. People who stayed overnight in the household of someone with COVID-19 while they were infectious are also at high risk.
If you are a household or overnight contact of someone who has had a positive COVID -19 test result it can take up to 10 days for your infection to develop. It is possible to pass on COVID-19 to others, even if you have no symptoms.
You can reduce the risk to other people by taking the following steps:
- avoid contact with anyone you know who is at higher risk of becoming severely unwell if they are infected with COVID-19, especially those whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, despite vaccination
- limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces
- wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask if you do need to have close contact with other people, or you are in a crowded place
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
If you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people and follow the guidance for people with symptoms see above.
If you are a contact of someone with COVID-19 but do not live with them or did not stay in their household overnight, you are at lower risk of becoming infected.
How to reduce the spread of infection with the people you live with if you have COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19, there is a high risk that others in your household will catch it from you. There are several things you can do to reduce the spread of infection in your household.
- Limit close contact with others. Spend as little time as possible in communal areas.
- Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces and shared rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.
- Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, particularly after coughing and sneezing.
- Get help where possible from those you live with. Ask for help with cleaning and being brought food safely to avoid unnecessary contact.
- Use a face covering if you need to spend time in shared spaces.
- Keep rooms well ventilated.
- Catch coughs and sneezes in disposable tissues and put them straight in the bin.
The full guidelines can be found on clicking here.