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Illness, Medication and Quarantine Periods

The following information provides guidance on Illness, Medication, Quarantine Periods and Infection Control within school. It is paramount for us to prevent the spread of infection through routine immunisation, and high standards of personal hygiene and practice, particularly hand washing. 

Details of illness, medication and quarantine periods are detailed below and our first aid policy is attached at the bottom of this page. 

Administration of Medicines

It is the school’s policy that we can only administer medicines to children that have been prescribed by a GP or Consultant and for children with a Health Care Plan.  School requires parents/carers to complete and sign an Administration of Medicines form with all relevant information appertaining to their child’s medication and/or medical condition.

We do not to administer Paracetomal, Calpol, or Nurofen as it is not a prescription medicine.

Asthma

If your child suffers from Asthma we ask that two Inhalers and one Spacer be provided for school. One inhaler will be kept in the central medicines cupboard and the second will be kept in the classroom. An Administration of Medicines form will need to be completed with dosage requirements. Each child’s inhaler will be labelled with the child’s name and the expiry date.

 

Allergies

If your child suffers from any form of allergy the school must be notified.  This includes food allergies, allergies to medicines, latex, lactose and dairy intolerance.  Where possible (if it a food allergy) a Doctor’s Letter or letter from a Consultant is required, along with the child’s personal Health Care Plan and any medication appertaining to that allergy, such as epipens etc are required by school in a clear, secure, named box.

Nut and Food Allergies

·       We are a ‘Nut Free’ school as we have children in school with Nut Allergies.  We ask that no foods/snacks containing nuts or traces of nuts be brought into school at any time.  This includes packed lunches, snacks, on school trips and residential visits.

·       Other food allergies include fish, dairy products, eggs and some fruits.

Hey Fever

·       Hay fever can be controlled using over-the-counter medication from your pharmacist. If the pollen count is high, and your child suffers with Hay Fever we would recommend that you take preventative measures by giving your child their antihistamine medication before leaving for school in the morning.

·       If your child’s symptoms require prescription medication this can be administered in school and will need an Administration of Medicines form to be completed with dosage requirements.

Allergies to Medicines

·       If your child is allergic to any medicines, such as Penicillin, Antibiotics etc, school has to be notified of this as a record needs to be kept in case a child is admitted to hospital or requires medical attention on or off- site.

 

Conjunctivitis/Eye drops

·       The recommended period to be kept away from school is NONE. The recommended treatment for Conjunctivitis is over-the-counter eye drops from your pharmacist which begin with eye-drops being administered every two hours for the first 48 hours, (as this is the most contagious period), then four hourly after that. 

·       To enable the regularity of the two hourly doses we suggest your child stays at home for this period.  When four hourly doses begin school will be able administer the eye drops.  Eye drops need to be labelled with child’s name and date of purchase as they only have a four weeks shelf life once opened. An Administration of Medicines form will need to be completed.

Diarrhoea and/or Vomiting

The recommended period to be kept away from school is 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. 

Head Bumps

If a child has a bump to the head during school time the appropriate first aid will be administered i.e. cold compress, sit quietly and will be monitored throughout the day. A ‘Head Bump’ letter will be sent home to parents/carers making them aware of the bump, including signs and symptoms to be aware of.

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Head Lice (Nits)

Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen.  Treatment can be purchased from a pharmacist.  The recommended period to be kept away from school is NONE.

 

Rashes and Skin Infections

Chickenpox *

The recommended period to be kept away from school is until all vesicles (spots) have crusted over.

German Measles - (Ruebella) *

The recommended period to be kept away from school is four days from onset of rash.  This is preventable by immunisation (MMR x 2 doses).

Hand, Foot and Mouth

The recommended period to be kept away from school is NONE.

Impetigo

The recommended period to be kept away from school is until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

Measles *

The recommended period to be kept away from school is four days from the onset of the rash.

Ringworm

Exclusion is not usually required.  Treatment is required.

Scabies

Children can return to school after the first treatment.  Household and close contacts require treatment.

Scarlet Fever *

Children can return to school 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic treatment is recommended for the child.

Slapped Cheek

The recommended period to be kept away from school is NONE (once rash has developed).

Shingles

The recommended period of time kept away from school is NONE, UNLESS the rash is weeping and cannot be covered. 

Shingles can cause chickenpox in those who are not immune, i.e. have not had chickenpox.  It is spread by close contact and touch.

Warts and Verrucae

The recommended period of time to be kept away from school is NONE. 

Verrucae should be covered during swimming lessons, during gym lessons and changing rooms.

 

Respiratory and Other Infections

Flu (Influenza)

The recommended period to be kept away from school is until recovered.  A Flu vaccination programme is in place for children at our school.  (Details of this will be posted when dates are available).

Whooping Cough

The recommended period of time to be kept away from school is five days from starting antibiotic treatment or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment.  This is preventable by vaccination.  After treatment, non-infectious coughing may continue for many weeks.

Mumps

The recommended period of time to be kept away from school is five days after onset of swelling.  This is preventable by vaccination (MMR x2 doses).

Threadworms (Pin worms)

The recommended period of time to be kept away from school is NONE.  Treatment is recommended for the child and household contacts.

Tonsillitis

This depends on the severity of the illness, whether it is a viral or bacterial infection.  The recommended period of time to be kept away from school is NONE.  There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic.

 

Good Hygiene Practice

Hand washing – Hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting, and respiratory disease. Always wash hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food.

Coughing & Sneezing – Spread infections.  Children and adults should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue.  Wash hands after using or disposing of tissues.  Spitting should be discouraged.

 

Residential Visits

When children are participating in school residential visits parents and carers are requested to complete a form providing emergency contact details, family doctor, allergies and permission to give a pain relief in the event of an emergency.  Parents and carers are asked which pain relief their child can take, which the school provides for the visit.

If your child has other medical needs or medicines to take during the residential visit you are asked to complete an Administration of Medicines form to accompany your child’s medication.  This needs to be in a named bag with clear instructions for dosage.

  

* Vulnerable Children and Female staff – Pregnancy

·       Some medical conditions make children vulnerable to infections that would rarely be serious in most children; these include those being treated for leukaemia or other cancers, on high doses of steroids and with conditions that seriously reduce immunity.  These children are particularly vulnerable to Chickenpox and Measles. 

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·       Chickenpox, German Measles and Slapped Cheek Disease can also cause risk to pregnant women.

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