The purpose of this information is to help us maintain a safe and healthy environment for all children within our care here at Hadley Wood Primary School.
What happens if my child is ill at school?
If your child becomes ill at school his/her condition is brought to the attention of one of the First Aid Team. A decision is then taken based upon the symptoms presented for example any visible signs, child’s body temperature or information based on any existing condition, as to whether you are immediately informed or whether continued monitoring of the child should occur.
Should your child’s condition deteriorate you will be contacted by a member of the First Aid Team or our Welfare Officer, Mrs Obika, and actions will be agreed.
What happens if my child is ill at home?
Depending upon the symptoms you may have to consider keeping your child at home your child from school. You may also need to consider if the illness they are presenting with is contagious e.g. chicken pox.
Should you assess your child and believe them to be well enough to attend school we do require that you notify us of any illness that has occurred. This ensures that the Welfare Officer is able to monitor your child for any signs of reoccurrence. In extreme cases this will also ensure any symptoms of infectious diseases are picked up early and managed effectively.
In the event of your child experiencing a sickness bug, our school policy is that you keep your child at home for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness for monitoring purposes.
Please click here to access the NHS ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ information.
Our First Aid Team are able to administer prescribed medicines within the course of the school day, where necessary. Please ensure you complete the necessary paperwork and discuss your child’s illness, dosage & frequency and any possible side effects your child may have from the medication with our Welfare Officer, Mrs Obika.
Following advice from Public Health England we also recommend that all children follow the ‘Routine childhood immunisation programme’. This reduces the risk of exposure to children in our care of infectious diseases.
Encouraging a happy and healthy lifestyle
You can help support infection control by following the guidance and encouraging good personal hygiene. Good personal hygiene helps us all to stay healthy, free from illnesses and feel good about ourselves.
Children need to be reminded to:
- Wash their hands with soap
- Cover their mouth when they cough
- Use a tissue when they sneeze and dispose of used tissues in a rubbish bin
- Brush their teeth
- Keep finger nails tidy and clean
- Bath/shower regularly
- Use deodorant/antiperspirant when they reach around 9 -10 years old as their body starts to develop
Having a healthy breakfast gives children the energy they need to handle their busy days. Eating a healthy breakfast not only has long term health benefits but can help children boost their attainment and behaviour. Our bodies need the right fuel to help us work at our best so starting the day with a healthy breakfast is important.
We also suggest pupils bring a bottle of water to school which they can drink throughout the day. You may also provide your child a snack for break time however this must be a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit, baked crisps or chopped vegetables. Please not snacks containing nuts are not permitted due to allergies.
It is important to check your child or children’s hair on a regular basis to ensure that they are free of head lice or nits. Should you come across head lice then these must be treated immediately.
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