Health Care

Parents will be notified of routine medical and dental inspections. In cases of illness in school, the parent or emergency contact will be informed. In cases of serious accident, if the pupil cannot be taken home, an ambulance will be summoned and the parents informed. Parents should notify the school at once of any special medical requirements that need to be made for their child.

It is vitally important the school has the telephone number of the parent at work and at home and the address of an emergency contact - a neighbour or relative. The school should be notified at once of all changes of address, telephone number and place of occupation.

Specific aims of the School Health Service:

• To promote the physical, mental and social well being of children within a school setting.
• To promote good health.
• To identify and provide remedial action and support for pupils with health problems.
• To diagnose and to provide health care for those with continuing needs.
• To assess and provide service for pupils with Special Educational Needs and their families.
• Prevention and control of communicable disease, including delivery of immunisation programme.

The emphasis in the School Health Service provided is shifting away from the routine examination of all children, irrespective of needs, towards a more selective approach, based on assessment of individuals needs.

Remember: The School Health Service has your child’s best interests at heart, and the work they do is invaluable, but, if for any reason you do not want your child included in any of the Screening Programmes, please inform the school in writing.

Medicines

The administration of prescribed medicines in an educational establishment is at the discretion of the Head Teacher.

If your child takes a prescribed medicine regularly then a medicine administration form must be completed and signed by the parent.

These forms are available from the school office. If your child needs to take prescribed medicine for a short time then either the medicine administration form or a written letter must be given to the school detailing dosage. Medicine containers must be clearly labelled with child’s name, name of the medicine, the required dosage and timing.

Dental Health

Each year, the school dentist visits and checks all children. Parents are notified of his visit and may decide not to have their child screened. Those children who are seen receive a card outlining any treatment required.

Drug Education

Drug education in schools is designed to promote the health and wellbeing of every child and young person.

It aims to:
• provide young people with the information they need to make sensible and informed choices;
• challenge and explore attitudes to drugs and drug users
• help pupils to develop personal and interpersonal skills
• build pupil self-esteem and confidence
• help young people resist drug misuse in order to reach their full potential in society.

Drug education in schools covers:
• Safe use of medicines
• Alcohol
• Tobacco
• Solvents
• Controlled drugs.

Effective drug education cannot exist in a vacuum; it needs the mutual support, collaboration and co-operation of parents. There needs to be an exchange of information between schools and parents such that their awareness is raised and they can make a valuable contribution to building their children’s skills.

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