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Absence and Medical

Absences and Illnesses

Information from Public Health England

Medical Policy and Procedures

Medical Care

Should your child become unwell at school he/she will be taken to our medical room or school office (depending upon need) where our Welfare Assistant/Administrator is available throughout the day to give medical attention.  If your child is not sufficiently well to remain at school, then we will contact you by telephone to ask you to take your child home.  If you do not have a telephone it is vital that we have the telephone number of a neighbour or a close relative so that we are able to contact you quickly in case of an emergency.

Medical Policy September 2016 updated February 2017


If it is necessary for your child to take medicine during school hours then the medicine must be handed to the office by you and a consent form signed.  The school can only administer prescribed medicines.  On no account must it be left with a child in the classroom.

Infectious Diseases

Please notify the school as soon as possible as all information of this nature must be passed on to the Area Health Authority.  A list of minimum exclusion days can be seen on the notice board in the medical room.

Sickness and “tummy upsets” (vomit and/or diarrhoea)

The Governors have agreed after discussion with The Area Health Authority that in the case of sickness or tummy upsets a child should not return to school until 48 hours have elapsed since the sickness. We are well aware that children soon get over this sickness and seem fit and well, but the germs are transmitted by touch and the child can still infect others, even after the obvious symptoms have passed.

Checking for Headlice

Please check your child/ren's hair for headlice on a regular basis and treat immediately for greatest effect. Please click on the image  to look at a series of animations produced by Hedrin. These animations are designed to help parents apply treaments correctly and protect against lice effectively. At Oak Farm Infant School we believe the most effective technique is "Bug Busting" which involves wet combing through the hair with conditioner using a lice comb. If you have any queries or would like further advice from the school, please contact our Welfare Assistant.



Chicken pox

If your child has chicken pox please keep them at home until the spots have crusted(scabbed) over and inform the welfare assistant at Oak Farm Infant School by telephone. Please click on the image for further information from Public Health England.