Transport to and from school
Transport to and from school may be provided and if so, is arranged by the Children + Young Peoples Services division (CYPS) of the LA. Parents are informed of the collection and return times. It is essential parents have their children ready on time as delays can cause problems for those at the end of the route. It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the bus company if transport is not required, for example, when a child is ill. It is also the parents’ responsibility to notify the bus company when transport is required again.
Medication and illness
Regular, prescribed medication is administered by a member of the school staff providing a letter of consent has been signed by parents. Medication, with the exception of paracetamol/calpol/ibuprofen must be prescribed by a doctor and sent into school with the prescription label clearly identified and marked with the pupil’s name and dosage requirements. Supplies of medicine must be handed to bus escorts to give to the school staff on arrival. Under no circumstances should medication be put into a child’s bag. Our medication policy will be shared with parents on transition into school. A copy of this is also available on the school’s website.
Illness is quite common amongst all children and especially those with special needs. The following guidance is important for you to follow. If your child is relatively healthy please spare a thought for those children who are not. Their parents constantly worry about them catching everyday illnesses that can be life threatening.
If a child has been prescribed a course of antibiotics it is preferred that they remain at home until the risk of cross infection has ceased. Parents are asked to note that it is school policy NOT to administer antibiotics. It would be appreciated if children suffering from minor illnesses such as heavy colds are kept at home for a few days. This is to protect the rest of the pupils in school, particularly those who have delicate health such as respiratory problems or heart conditions.
Sickness and diarrhoea: The following guidance is taken from the Government’s Guidelines for the Control of Infection and Communicable Diseases in Nurseries and Other Institutional Early Years Settings in Shropshire, Telford and Staffordshire. It is based on the Department of Health Guidance on Infection Control in School and Nurseries (DoH 1999). We need to follow this guidance in all cases because we have a duty of care to all our children and staff. Your co-operation will be appreciated. The school wants to emphasise that it is important that children should remain off school until they have been symptom-free for 2 whole days at least. This means parents will be asked to keep their child at home for at least 2 whole days after they stop being sick and / or they stop having diarrhoea.
If a child becomes ill in school every effort is made to contact parents in the first instance. If a pupil has an accident and requires a hospital visit a member of staff may stay with the child until a parent/relative arrives. This will depend on the nature of the incident, the wishes of the attending paramedics and the availability of appropriate staff. It is essential (and a legal requirement) that parents give the school an emergency contact number and are urged to notify school as soon as possible if the details change. In any case parents are asked each term to update this information.