Medicines in Baildon Church of England school
The Governors and staff of Baildon CE Primary school wish to ensure that pupils with medical needs receive care and support in school. Pupils should not be denied access to a broad and balanced curriculum simply because they are on medication or need medical support, nor should they be denied access to school trips etc.
The Headteacher will accept responsibility for members of school staff giving or supervising pupils taking prescribed medication during the school day where those members of staff have volunteered to do so. However, staff are not obliged to administer medication in school and staff do this of their own choice.
Medicine will only be administered at school when it would be detrimental to a child’s health or school attendance not to do so. Medication can only be accepted in school where it has been prescribed by a doctor or other medical professional. Where clinically possible, medicines should be prescribed in dose frequencies which enable them to be taken outside school hours. This does not include children with ongoing medical need, such as asthma, diabetes, severe allergies and those with a care plan (please refer to the school policy on supporting pupils at school with medical needs). We will only give prescribed medication, which is a course for an identified period of time, such as penicillin.
Reporting absence and common illnesses
Parents are asked to ring school on the first day of absence stating the reason for the absence.
As a school, we use the guidance on ‘Managing Infectious Diseases in School’ from the DFE document which was released in December 2018 to inform our practice with regard to what precautions need to be taken to prevent the spread of disease. This outlines the information regarding how long children need to be excluded from school and other steps which need to be taken by school and families. The full document can be found here.
With the exception of colds and coughs, the most common infectious disease which we have regularly in school is linked to sickness and diarrhoea. In these cases, we follow the guidance explicitly which is: Children and adults with diarrhoea or vomiting should be excluded until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped and they are well enough to return. If medication is prescribed, ensure that the full course is completed and there is no further diarrhoea or vomiting for 48 hours after the course is completed.
For some gastrointestinal infections, longer periods of exclusion from school are required and there may be a need to obtain microbiological clearance. For these groups, your local HPT, school health advisor or environmental health officer will advise. If a child has been diagnosed with cryptosporidium, they should NOT go swimming for two weeks following the last episode of diarrhoea.
One further common disease is Chicken pox and the guidance for this is: Cases of chickenpox are generally infectious from 2 days before the rash appears to 5 days after the onset of rash. Although the usual exclusion period is 5 days, all lesions should be crusted over before children return to nursery or school. A person with shingles is infectious to those who have not had chickenpox and should be excluded from school if the rash is weeping and cannot be covered or until the rash is dry and crusted over.
Please contact the school office if you require more information.