The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

Medicine & Health

First Aid

Many staff hold first aid qualifications, and there is always an identified first aider on the premises.  If a child is taken ill during school hours we may contact a parent/carer.  Please do keep us informed of any changes to your contact numbers.  If your child has a chronic health condition, please discuss this with the School Administrator.

Unfortunately we are unable to administer medicines unless they have been prescribed by a doctor. If your child needs medication during the school day a medicine administration form must be completed by the parent/guardian and given in to the school before medication can be administered to the child. All medicines should be brought directly to the school office at the beginning of the day.

If it important that the school is notified promptly if your child is absent from school due to illness. On return to school a letter or email must be sent to the school explaining the reason for absence.

Parental agreement for school to administer medicine

Medical Appointments

Where possible can you please inform the office in advance of any doctor or dental appointments. A copy of the appointment card or letter will also be required to enable us to enter the correct code on our registers.

Medical Information

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 work, school or nursery until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed. You or your child
should also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time.
 Ensure you and your child wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly
after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don’t rely on alcohol hand gels, as they’re not always
 Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It’s best to use a bleach-based household
 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 – search ‘diarrhoea and vomiting’.

Dr Rida Elkier
Director of Public Health

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

Complaint Period   to stay away
Chickenpox 5   days from onset of rash
German   measles 6   days from onset of rash
Measles 4   days from onset of rash
Mumps 5   days from onset of swollen glands
Whooping   cough 5   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.  We also request you to keep us up to date with your phone numbers, so that we can contact you in cases of sickness or accident.

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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.

Health & Safety

The Governors of Shalfleet Church of England Primary School recognize and accept  their responsibilities for the establishment and maintenance of the Health and Safety and ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of our staff, pupils and any visitors to our premises.

Child Protection

The Governing Body of Shalfleet School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

It may be helpful to parents to know that the Authority requires head teachers to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse – which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that, where there are grounds for suspicion, it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Headteachers, on occasion, risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for Headteachers to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that they were acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.

The School Nursing Team

The School Nursing Team is now able to offer a programme to advise and support any family/child who feel they need to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.  The programme runs for 12 weeks and would involve regular contact by telephone and meetings.

If you are interested please contact your School Nurse on 821388 to see if this programme could help your family.

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