Medical Matters

Illness and Infections

If your child has been absent from school please make sure that they are well before returning, especially if the illness is infectious. Please allow a minimum of 48 hours after sickness or diarrhoea before returning your child to school. If your child is unwell whilst they are at school we will contact you and ask you to collect them.

Medicines and Accidents

If your child is ill they need to be at home. The only medicines that are regularly administered in school are inhalers for children with asthma and epipens for children with allergies. The school is not legally obliged to administer medicine and we therefore ask parents to seek the authorisation of the Principal by completing a first aid request form from the School Office. Asthma inhalers are kept in the medical room during the school day.

Parents should make the school aware of any serious or long term medical conditions so that a care plan can be completed. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health please contact the school Mrs Miles who oversees the care arrangements for children with medical needs and first aid provision in school.

Any accidents at school are treated by a trained First Aider, details recorded and a note will be given to the child to take home. In the event of a more serious accident, you will be contacted immediately. Please ensure that contact numbers are accurate and kept up-to-date in case of emergencies.

Hearing and Vision

Hearing and vision checks for Reception children are held at the school and parents are notified by letter of their appointment.

Scarlet fever

Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection. The early symptoms include: sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12-48 hours, the characteristic red pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, giving skin a sandpaper-like texture. This may also be accompanied by a red and swollen ‘strawberry tongue’.

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness which is treated by a course of antibiotics. Please can we ask all parents and carers to look out for the signs and symptoms and take appropriate action should you suspect your child of suffering from this.

More information and FAQs can be found here.

Measles

General information and FAQs can be found here.

Head Lice

We ask parents to check their children’s hair thoroughly and frequently. If you find that your child has head lice please let us know. We have information on how to deal with this problem and will happily offer advice.

We have been advised by Public Health Dorset to inform parents and carers of the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever as, following a recent increase in notifications, this is now above seasonal expected levels.