Absence due to Illness
If your child is unwell please keep him/her at home. A child who is unwell is not going to be able to work and enjoy school!
The Local Education Authority advice about medicine at school is that “where practicable parents should accept the administration of medicines as their responsibility and not something they should seek to refer to school”. Children with acute infections should not normally return to school until the treatment is complete and the child recovered. Sometimes a child appears to have recovered before the medicine is finished, then it is usually possible to arrange the dosage schedule so that medication does not need to be given at school.
If your doctor advises you that your child is well enough to return to school before the medication is finished and that it is necessary to have the medicine at lunch time, please bring the medicine correctly labelled to the main office. A form should be completed at the school office giving staff permission to administer the medicine.
The medicine should be brought to school in a properly labelled container with the name of the prescribing person (G.P.), the name and address of the child, the name of the medicine and the dosage. No medicine should be brought to school by a child. The administration of non prescribed medicine is not possible.
Medicine may be administered at school for long term illnesses (i.e. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy). If your child uses an inhaler him/herself please inform the class teacher in writing of the instructions your child has been given. Assistance may be given if necessary.
We would ask the parents to come to school to bring and administer the medicine at lunchtime themselves:
a) if the medicine is dangerous
b) if the timing and nature of administration are of vital importance
c) where serious consequences could result if the teacher forgets to administer the dose
d) where the medicine has to be kept under special conditions
e) where technical or medical knowledge or expertise is required.
You will also note that Head Teachers have no discretion when it comes to issuing penalty notices. This means that I no longer have any power to grant term time holidays nor do I have discretion to not notify the Local Authority when unauthorised absence over 5 school days takes place.
Whilst I welcome discussion with parents, it would appear I have very little opportunity to offer any compromise.