Regular health checks take place in school as part of the Health Authority monitoring of child health. The school nurse checks hearing, vision height weight at selected stages. All children have a health check interview with their parent/carer present during their first year in school. The school dentist visits to check teeth in Year R and Year 1. You are always informed about these checks.
Infectious Diseases (Health Authority Absence Time)
If your child needs regular medication at school you must fill in the necessary forms requesting the administration of the medication and deliver the medicine and form in person to the school office. If your child is taken ill during the school day you will be informed by telephone as soon as is practically possible. If you do not have a telephone an emergency contact is essential. If your child has to be absent due to ill health we must receive a written note about the absence as well as any telephone call you make to us. We have to publish this information termly about absences and need to have written confirmation signed by a parent as to the reasons for the absent. It is part of our school health and personal, social education policy to bring specialist Health and Safety people into school to speak to the children about safety matters e.g. Fire Prevention Officer, Police Liaison Officers.
Policy on Sun Protection
The school is concerned about protecting pupils from the possible effects of sunburn and skin damage that may be caused by harmful ultra violet rays in sunlight. We encourage safe behaviour in the sun and teach the children about the risks involved and how to protect themselves. We should be most grateful for parents and carers help and support in this matter.
We Encourage children to;
- Seek the shade particularly in the middle of the day.
- Wear suitable hats to protect them from sunlight.
- Wear clothing that protects the skin, particularly for outdoor activities and school trips.
- Use high factor sun screen. (SPF 20+ )
This is a national problem and all schools are at risk. Most families with nursery school and school age children will suffer from head lice at some time, and may find that they become victims of a running battle with head lice. Clean hair is no protection against lice. Pesticidal treatments are expensive and potentially risky – especially when used repeatedly. Bug Busting is a better way – a safe non – pesticidal method to cope routinely in a crisis. Please ask for further information on this system if you are not familiar with it.
Accidents at School
Serious accidents are a rare occurrence but parents need to be aware of the following procedures that the school will adopt in such circumstances or when children feel ill or complain of feeling unwell. When a child feels unwell or has a minor injury, they are dealt with by the class teacher, Learning Support assistant or Mid-Day Meals Supervisor who will if necessary send for the designated first aider from the staff to take charge. First Aid will be administered as necessary and a decision made as to whether the child should be sent home. The child will remain in their classroom or designated area until their parents/carers arrive. In the vent of a more serious accident the parents will be contacted immediately. Should parents be unavailable the school will telephone the emergency contact that parents/carers have stated on their child’s admission form. If necessary the school will call an ambulance or take the child to hospital. In such cases the child will always be accompanied by a member of staff and continued attempts made to contact the parents/carers.
In the interests of health and safety the school operates a NON-SMOKING policy and we request that all visitors to the school site refrain from smoking whilst on the school premises. This includes the playgrounds and school grounds. We hope that everyone will see the need for upholding and supporting this policy.
Please note that the emergency contact numbers are essential. Parents are asked and must make every effort to ensure that they are kept up to date. Please always inform the school office of any changes of address, circumstances, place of work and telephone number/s. Please ensure that we always have an emergency contact number (e.g. a friend, neighbour, grandparents or other relative) in case we are unable to contact you. This is particularly important if you are going away for the day.