HEALTH POLICY FOR ILL CHILDREN
We request that you please keep your child at home when they are ill. We are aware that children become ill quickly and may be running around happily one minute and down with a high fever a few moments later, so you may not be aware when dropping them off that they are unwell but, where you suspect that you child is not healthy please would you intervene and not bring them to school. If in doubt – keep them at home!
We would like to keep the school environment as healthy as possible and though we understand that early childhood is a time when little ones may be ill quite often as they build up their immune systems, it is important for us all to work together to try to combat infections spreading.
There are many reasons why we cannot accept children who are not well:
We do not have the capacity to care for the needs of an individual sick child. We are not allowed, under health regulations, to admit sick children or to give them medication without written parental consent which means that your child’s fever may be dangerously high before we can get hold of you to fetch them.
Children who are unwell usually need medication, a quiet room where they can rest and receive tender loving, one on one care. Recuperating children may still need medication, in that case please follow the guidelines for medicine at school as detailed in this document.
Not only do the children spread illness among themselves but they infect the teachers. This puts a serious strain on our resources when staff have to stay home.
The decision on whether children are well enough to be at school must be taken by the adults and not the child. Sick children are miserable children. It is not fair on the child or on the teacher, who has to try to console a crying unwell child, amongst many.
If sick children are brought to school you will either be asked to take them home again on arrival or be called during the morning.
Please adhere to these guidelines to prevent others from getting ill:
Stomach Ache – If a child has a stomach ache that lasts longer than 4 hours, the child should be kept home for the remainder of the day.
Vomiting – If a child has been vomiting, keep your child home until he/she can keep food down for 24 hrs.
Diarrhoea – A child with diarrhoea should be kept home for at least 24 hrs.
Fever – NO child with a fever should be sent to school. Your child must be fever free for 24 hrs before they may return to school.
Rashes – It could be the first sign of one of many childhood diseases such as Chicken Pox, Rosella or German measles. Do not send a child with a new rash to school until you have consulted your doctor.
Colds/ Upper Respiratory Infection – A child with a ‘heavy’cold and/or cough belongs at home even if there is no fever.
Runny noses -If they have a runny nose that is infected ie. the mucous is green, yellow or not clear.
Sore Throat – If you can see white spots on the back of the throat, or your child has swollen glands they should stay home.
Eyes – If the white area of the eye is red or the eye is ‘gummy’ this could be the start of ‘pink eye’ which is very contagious.
Ears – If your child has ear ache or there is liquid leaking from the ear.
Tonsillitis – If your child has a history of tonsillitis and is showing signs of infection or has been diagnosed by the doctor.
Allergies, Asthma and Eczema – If your child has any of these conditions and they have flared up and are causing discomfort, please keep your child at home until they are well/comfortable again.
Recuperating children may still need medication. Medication must be clearly marked and handed in at the front office or to your child’s teacher. Details regarding dosage and time to be given must be written into your child’s diary. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to notify the teacher or office should your child require medicine. No medicine whatsoever (including natural remedies) may be left in a child’s bag.