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Absence and Illness

Absence and Illness

If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, please telephone the school to inform us as early as possible.

The telephone numbers are:

The Mead – 01225 759273
River Mead – 01225 703428
Castle Mead – 01225 768641

Please do not send your child to school if he or she is unwell.

In particular children must not attend school if they or anyone in their household have any of the COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a temperature;
  • a new, continuous cough;
  • a loss of or change to the sense of smell or taste.

If any of these symptoms are present, an appointment for a Covid test should be sought as soon as possible. The family should continue to self-isolate until a negative test is returned or until 14 days have passed.

Self-isolation requires a household to stay indoors at all times; this means not going to the shop or taking any daily exercise.

Please see the poster alongside for further information.

If your child is unable to attend school for any Covid related absence, please contact the relevant school on the email address outlined below:

The Mead: covidresponse@themead.wilts.sch.uk
River Mead: covidresponse@rivermead.wilts.sch.uk
Castle Mead: covidresponse@castlemead.wilts.sch.uk

Work for the children who are self-isolating but not ill will be set by the class teacher within 24 hours of the school being notified of the absence.

In addition to the above, children must not attend school for 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.

In the case of prolonged absence it is our policy that you should ring the school every day that your child is unable to come to school. The Education Welfare Officer is primarily responsible for school attendance and liaison with social services.

 

Reducing the spread of infectious illnesses within school

Unfortunately it is very easy for any illness to spread within a school environment and, therefore, we would like to request your assistance in trying to reduce the infection risk by following the School Guidance detailed below:

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

If your child suffers from diarrhoea and/or vomiting, please keep him/her away from school for a 48 hour period after the final episode of diarrhoea/vomiting. The viruses that cause gastrointestinal symptoms can remain infectious for up to 48 hours after the symptoms have resolved and, therefore, cross-infection remains a risk factor.

Fevers and ‘Flu-like’ symptoms

If your child has a fever and flu-like symptoms, they must remain off school until they have had a negative result from a Covid test AND a normal temperature for 24 hours. The viruses that cause fever and flu-like symptoms can remain infectious for up to 24 hours after the symptoms have resolved and, therefore, cross-infection remains a risk factor.

Influenza

If your child is diagnosed as suffering from influenza they must remain off school until all symptoms have resolved.

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is of paramount importance at the moment. Children wash their hands when they first come into school in the morning and at regular points in the day. In between these times, they use hand sanitiser. All hand hygiene is supervised by an adult in school, in line with government guidelines. We make use of the ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.” approach and all classes are equipped with lidded bins for the disposal of tissues. Children are required to wash their hands after sneezing into them (although we remind them to try to sneeze and cough into their elbows, rather than hands) or using a tissue.

Please can you support us by reiterating the messages around the importance of good hand hygiene, especially if your child has a cough (after Covid has been ruled out) or cold.

Absence

Please be aware that we do not authorise absence during term time except in truly exceptional circumstances.

Please click below to read the Penalty notice for holidays taken during term time.

An Application for Leave form can also be found below.

Leave of Absence Request Form

Penalty Notice for Parents

 

Medication

Children must not carry medicines with them apart from inhalers for Key Stage 2 pupils, (which should be clearly named). Inhalers for children in Key Stage 1 are looked after by the class teacher.

If a child needs to take medicine during the day, you are welcome to come into school and administer it.

Under guidelines laid down by Wiltshire County Council we are not allowed to administer medication without written permission from you. We do not administer medicines that are prescribed for 3 times a day as it is expected that this can be administered at home before school, after school and at bedtime. We are ONLY able to adminster medicines prescribed on a 4 times a day basis. An adult should take the medicine to the office and fill in a Medication Consent Form.

Download a Medication Consent Form.

A member of staff will then be able to administer the medication (please note this is undertaken on a good will basis by staff).

The medicine will be stored in the office and should be collected by an adult at the end of the day. We are not able to adminster analgesics (asprin, calpol etc.) unless prescribed by your GP.  First Aid Certificates are held by several members of staff who are able to administer basic medical treatment. Nominated staff also administer emergency asthma, seizure and allergy treatment.

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