Absences, Illnesses, Medicines

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Please telephone school as soon as you know your child is going to be absent. Please explain the reason so that the absence can be recorded appropriately in the register.

Your child must not be kept away from school

  • To look after siblings who are unwell
  • To visit relatives
  • For long weekends
  • For shopping trips
  • To go to the airport to greet people

Any absence can disrupt your child’s education.


– We have an agreed joint policy with the Health Authority regarding headlice. It is generally acknowledged amongst healthcare professionals that headlice are never going to be eradicated. Dealing with headlice, as with other personal hygiene and health matters, is the responsibility of parents and healthcare practitioners. Schools are advised not to send letters home alerting parents about head lice as this suggests that schools have some responsibility for monitoring the situation.  Parents are advised to assist children in their grooming and to check hair regularly, at least once a week. Checking children’s hair should be a frequent and routine exercise. Medical research indicates that headlice are just as likely to be contracted from family members and friends as they are from school friends.

The school has a team of school nurses who can be contacted on 393093 for advice.



Legally schools are not compelled to administer medication to children, because of the risks involved and possible legal consequences. We will, wherever possible, assist children and parents by administering medicines in school time in line with the policy below.


  1. To safeguard against accidents arising from the transport, storage and administration of medicines.
  2. To remind parents that it is their responsibility to ensure the correct administration of medicines.
  3. To protect the staff and school in case of errors.
  4. To avoid unnecessary exclusion of any child who is fit for school but who is completing a course of treatment.
  5. To help those children with longer-term disorders (e.g. asthma) to take appropriate medicines so they can take as full a part as possible in all school activities.


  1. When children are unwell or have an infectious illness they should not attend school.
  2. Whenever possible, children who have recovered, but are completing a course of treatment, should return to school.
  3. Every effort should be made for medicines to be administered at home and not at school. For instance, a course of antibiotics which is to be taken 3 times a day can usually be given to the child: before leaving school in the morning; immediately upon returning home in the afternoon; before going to bed at night.

If it is essential for a child to receive medication during the school day the parent should bring the appropriate medicine to school at a suitable time (e.g. lunch time) and administer it to the child in the school office. After the dose has been administered the parent must take any remaining medication with them when they leave the school premises.

On occasions when it is impossible for a parent to visit the school to administer a medicine you can request that the child administer their own medicine under the supervision of a member of the school staff during the school day. The parent must first deliver a written request to the Headteacher (a standard request form is available at the school office).

The details should include:

  • the name of the child
  • the reason for the request
  • clear dosage instructions
  • the duration of the course of medicine
  • parent contact name/number

If the school agrees, the medicine should be brought to school by the parent, not the child, and should be delivered personally to the Secretary in the school office. When parents deliver the medicines they must also fill in/return the signed request form to show that it is their decision to leave the medicine in school for it to be administered by their child under the supervision of a member of staff.

The medicine should be clearly labelled with:-

  • the child’s name and class
  • the name of the medication, the prescribed dose and the time of administration.If required, a suitable medicine spoon should be included.


With certain long-term illnesses e.g. asthma, it is important that children have their treatment at agreed times through the day, or available for use as needed.

If this is so for your child please:

  1. Give the Headteacher a written request for the treatment to be kept at and used in school, using the same form as for short-term medicines.
  2. Deliver the medication to the school office.

Inhalers should be clearly marked with your child’s name and retained by them so they have direct access to use as required

A parent/ responsible adult must collect any medicine left at the end of the course on the finish date specified on the request form. Any medicines that are not collected will be disposed of.