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Ill Health and the Administration of Medicines

What should I do if my child is too ill to attend school?

Parents must notify us, by phone or by letter, on the first day of absence with the reason for the absence.


What should I do if my child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea?

Please keep them at home for at least 48 hours after the last attack of sickness and/or diarrhoea.

Inform the school as above.


Administering medicines in school

  • Only prescribed medicines can be given at school.
  • Always ask your GP if it is possible to prescribe doses so that your child does not need a dose during the school day.
  • If your child does need to take a prescribed medicine during the school day, please collect a letter from the school office and complete it to authorise the school to administer the medicine in school.  No medicine will be administered without the parent's written consent.
  • All such medicine must be:
    • In the original package as prescribed
    • Brought to and collected from the office each day by an adult
    • Clearly labelled with the child's name and dosage.
  • Prescribed lotions will be applied by the child under adult supervision.
  • No child may keep medication on their person or in their bag.
  • If a child refuses to take their medicine, school staff will not force them to do so and parents will be informed at the end of the day.