Any member of staff is expected to carry out any obvious first aid or common sense action to deal with an injured child. Most accidents are minor abrasions, bumps and cuts. Occasionally an accident occurs when an ambulance is requested.
Day to day we have all the necessary first aid to deal with minor accidents. Some children have conditions such as asthma, allergies and diabetes which require treatment as and when they occur. Asthma pumps and epi pens are provided by parents for school use. We ask that two devices are kept at school. For asthma pumps one with the child and one kept in the first aid area, bagged and named. Epi-pens are the same with one in class and one in a suitable named container.
Parents are required to complete a medical form for all such conditions and in some cases a personal medical plan is drawn up. For the basic medication requirements our form covers:
- Name of medication
- Method of Administration
- Time and frequency of administration
- Other treatment
- Any side effects
The Individual Health Care Plan covers
- Definition and details of the condition
- Food and drink management
- Management of activities of daily living
- Precautionary measures
- Emergency procedure to be adopted, including named hospital
- Staff training
- Staff indemnity
- Consent and agreement
Medical Forms are held by the office so please speak to them about completing a form for your child, they will be able to advise you on any aspect of the procedures.
Teachers have a general professional duty to safeguard the health and safety of their pupils, and to act in ‘loco parentis’, that is, to act as any reasonable parent would, this does not imply a duty or obligation to administer medication. In most situations when medicine is required the dosage can be administered in the morning and evening. Parents are the pupil’s main carers. If necessary and particularly with a very young child, school staff may request a parent or a person designated by the parent, to attend the school at the appropriate times in order to administer the medicine older children may with strict guidance administer the medicine to themselves under adult supervision. As stated it is hoped in most cases the medication can be administered outside school hours. Full details of any medication have to be provided before it is in school.
We do not inform you of every accident, bump or cut unless we believe a child may need a follow up check. In most cases this would be immediate by phone.
We do try to avoid sending children home but when we do it is because the child is unable to settle or has been physically sick and needs to be taken home to avoid infecting others. Our approach is straightforward:
- If a child has been sick or had diarrhoea, they should not return to school for 48 hours after normal bowel habits have returned and/or vomiting has stopped. Most viruses, including the Norovirus, normally last 24 to 60 hours and are self limiting. The advice from the Health Protection Agency is to avoid going to your doctor or hospital, but to rest and drink plenty of fluids.
- In the case of influenza, tonsillitis, ear infections or colds, your child should not be at school for the first day or two, to help them recover properly and also to prevent the spread of further infection/re-infection.
- If your child has been prescribed antibiotics, they should not be in school for the first 3 days, as a minimum.
If in doubt, please contact the school office, but please do not send them into class and ask the teacher to keep an eye on them.
Allergies are on the increase and as we said earlier an epi-pen is sometimes required with piriton as another back up. We do need to be told of any allergies through the completed medical form. Even if mild it provides us with information that can avoid a child being mis-diagnosed. The school operates a no nut policy.
Children, particularly our youngest do have toilet accidents. To protect your child and our staff we have an intimate care policy. It is a simple and practical guide on how we deal with such issues on a day to day basis: Intimate care policy
We hope this information is easily followed by parents and that we keep your children safe with your help. If you have any questions please ask.
Forms and Guidance:
- Health Care Plan for a Pupil with a broken arm
- Health Care Plan for a Pupil with a broken leg
- Parent request medication letter
- Medication record
- Parent request medication letter
We also have guides for various common conditions:
March 16th came with new announcements. Details to follow.