Health and Medication
We are a Health Promoting School and we encourage the development and emotional well being of our pupils through promoting healthy eating habits, physical activity and safety awareness.
During your child’s time at Paston Ridings School, health checks are carried out by the Local Health Authority during your child's first and last year at School.
In addition to the existing Intimate care guidelines outlined in this policy, intimate care practices during Covid-19 will also adhere to the following:
• All staff involved in medical care will be will have access to a personal protective equipment care pack containing:
- face mask
- hand sanitizer
• Staff will not support with medical care without wearing the appropriate PPE
• PPE will be stored in the first aid room, packs in all classrooms, first aid bumbags
• Any equipment used will be double bagged and disposed of in a lidded bin
Paston Ridings Primary School staff will be following all government guidelines including:
Should there be a rise in coronavirus cases in the local area, very medically vulnerable children may be advised to shield again and these names will be kept on the NHS Shielded Patient List. Parents are advised that they must share this information with the school. Any absences will be managed as outlined in the policy with additional opportunities for distanced learning.
Our School Nurse, visits regularly and is available to give advice to parents regarding your children’s health. To book an appointment to see her regarding any concerns you may have, please contact the school office on 01733 762742. A short referral form will need to be completed and one of the school nurse team will contact you regarding an appointment.
For children aged 0-19 years:
- Parents can also access our team via text message for health advice and support for children at #textus on 07520 649 887 09.00-16.30 Mondy-Friday.
For young people aged 11-19 years:
- http://www.kooth.com-free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support.
- http://www.keep-your-head.com-Mental Health Resources and Local Information for Young People, Parents/Carers and Professionals.
- The Young Person can also attend their GP during working hours, In an emergency or emotional crisis they should call NHS 111 'option 2' outside of working hours, 999 or visit the Emergency Department. http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/ self-help resources.
- https://youngminds.org.uk/what-we-do/our-projects/minded/ relevant, practical information about a range of mental health issues in children and young people.
- The Young Person can access ChatHealth which is a Confidential, Advice and Support Text Service. They can text 07480 635443 to speak with a School Nurse (weekdays and term time only).
Medical Conditions / Medication
Parents are asked to inform the school of any ongoing medical conditions such as asthma, epilepsy or allergies that a child might have so that we can deal with them appropriately. When necessary the School Nurse will be involved in preparing a medical plan if this is required.
If your child requires specific medication during the school day, please contact the school office to complete the necessary paperwork. If medication has been prescribed by the doctor (other than inhalers) we would normally expect this to be administered outside of school hours. However, if this is impossible, parents or carers can come to school to administer the dose. Antibiotics prescribed for four times a day can be administered if the correct paperwork is completed first. All medication is kept in a secure cabinet or secure fridge and will be administered by two members of staff.
It is requested that children are kept off school whilst suffering from infectious ailments in order to protect other children. If your child becomes ill in school and we feel they are unable to cope, we will contact you so they can be taken home.
If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be absent from school for 48 hours following the last bout of illness.
In the event of minor accidents at school, basic first aid will be administered by a qualified First Aid person. If it is more serious and we are unable to contact you, then an ambulance will be called.
Please note that that it is very important that your contact details are kept up to date. If there are any changes to your circumstance, please inform the School Office.