Sickness/Absence

If your child is not well enough to attend school, please ensure you let the school know by telephone 01983 740285 or email: office@brighstoneprimary.org.uk by 8.55 am on the first day of absence.

When your child is well enough to return to school, please provide a note or email explaining the absence. If we do not receive this within 3 days of your child returning to school, the absence will be marked as UNAUTHORISED.

For more information please see our attendance policy below.

Attendance Policy September 2015 

First Aid and Administering Medication

If your child has an accident or is taken ill during the school day, we may need to contact a parent/carer. Please do keep the school office informed of any changes to your contact number. If your child has a chronic health condition, please inform and discuss this with either Melissa Jones or Suzanne Norman, our school administrators.

Unfortunately we are unable to administer medicines in school unless they have been prescribed by a doctor. If your child needs medicine during the school day, a medicine administration form must be completed by the parent/guardian and given to the school office before any medication can be administered to the child (see the link below). All medicines must be brought directly to the school office at the beginning of the day and not left in the child’s school bag.

Please note – Unless prescribed by a doctor, the school will not administer medication containing Ibuprofen or throat lozenges and cough sweets.

medicine form

Medical Information and Advice                                                                                                                                                 

Diarrhoea and vomiting – advice for parents and carers
Feeling sick and then vomiting is usually the first sign that your child has a ‘tummy bug’. Gastroenteritis is unpleasant and can spread very easily. It’s not always possible to avoid getting gastroenteritis, but following the advice below can help stop it spreading:
– Stay off school or nursery until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed. Your child
should also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time.
– Ensure your child washes their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly
after using the toilet and before eating food. Don’t rely on alcohol hand gels, as they’re not always
effective.
– Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It’s best to use a bleach-based household
cleaner.
– Wash contaminated items of clothing or bedding separately on a hot wash.
– Don’t share towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils while you or your child is ill.
– Flush away any poo or vomit in the toilet or potty and clean the surrounding area.

Should your child become unwell with diarrhoea and/or vomiting, try to avoid going to your GP, as the virus can
spread to others very easily. Call NHS 111, your GP or a Pharmacy if you’re concerned or need any advice.

Avoiding dehydration is important – give your baby/child extra fluids. Vomiting tends to last for 1-2 days, and
diarrhoea tends to last for about 5 days.

For online advice see www.what0-18.nhs.uk – search ‘diarrhoea and vomiting’.

 

How long should you child stay away from school if he or she is ill?

Chicken pox – 5 days from the onset of rash

German Measles – 6 days from the onset of rash

Measles 4 days from onset of rash

Mumps – 5 days from onset of swollen glands

Whooping Cough – 4 days from commencing antibiotic treatment

Gastro-Enteritis –Until well and free of symptoms. Stay away for 48 hours after becoming free of symptoms.

It is important that we are notified in the case of an infectious illness.

Head Lice

If you discover that your child has head lice, please seek medical help from the pharmacist or your GP.

It is also important for you to inform the school office or class teacher if you find your child has head lice so we can reduce the risk of it spreading.