We also try to control / limit ill health to protect others

  • Headlice - if everyone groomed their child's hair once a week, using a headlice comb and conditioner it would be really helpful. If you find headlice or eggs, please let School know so we can alert other parents in the class. Advice on detection and treatment can be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice/pages/introduction.aspx
  • Threadworms - please investigate any itchiness, treat and inform School, as above. Thank you. Children should know how to wash their hands thoroughly with warm water and ordinary soap, for as long as it takes them to sing 'Happy Birthday' twice over! This limits the spread of many ailments.
  • Conjunctivitis ('pink eye') - this is very infectious and a visit to the GP is required. After treatment, children can return to School. There is no exclusion time however if your child is in discomfort they should stay at home.
  • Sickness and diarrhoea - this is usually a viral illness that will resolve itself with rest and boiled water. Children should be kept at home for 24 hours after the last symptoms in an isolated case, however this is increased to 48 hours to try to contain an outbreak once we have had several cases reported to avoid spreading the illness to others. The school office will advise you of the period required when you report your child absent.
  • Cold, bad throats, coughs - children with a temperature will be 'floppy' and unable to learn properly. The best place is at home, in bed. This is the best place for anyone with a really bad throat / cough too.
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      If your child is ill, please 'phone School to explain his/her absence.

      Not sure? Is it school refusal?

      • You will not want to encourage school refusal, which is often typified by uncharacteristic headaches, tummy aches, claims to be feeling sick etc. It often happens when someone else in the family is off school or work and is hard to deal with! It is best to proceed with School attendance and say that School has a bed and a welfare room and can cope. We will phone you to discuss any concerns we have.