Medicine & Illness

Only medicines prescribed by a doctor may be administered in school. It must be brought to school in its original dispensed container clearly marked with your child’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, the frequency of dosage, the date of dispensing, storage requirements and the expiry date.  Please complete an authorisation form which is available from the school. All medicines should be handed into the office and parents should collect them from there at the end of the day. Whenever possible you are requested to time doses at home to coincide with reasonable school times, e.g., lunchtime. Children are not allowed to retain medicines, other than a personal inhaler, in classrooms or cloakrooms. Please note that for safety reasons medicines purchased at a chemist without a doctor’s prescription cannot be administered by the school.

The school has information on contagious diseases and the length of exclusion from school.  If your child has vomited or had a “tummy bug”, we would appreciate it if they remained at home for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.  Too many children return to school before they are fit enough to cope with a day’s schooling.

If your child becomes ill during school time, we will contact you to make arrangements for them to go home.  Should your child have a serious accident whilst at school, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity.  It is therefore imperative that the School Office has an ’emergency telephone number’ where you and your partner can be contacted in such circumstances.  If for any reason you cannot be contacted, please let us have the name, address and telephone number of a relative, friend or neighbour who may act on your behalf.  It is your responsibility , however, to ensure that we have the correct contact details so please let us know if any details change as soon as possible. In the interests of your child’s well-being, it is vital that your ’emergency contact’ details are always up-to-date.