At St Philip's we are an inclusive community that aims to support and welcome pupils with medical conditions. We aim to provide all pupils with all medical conditions the same opportunities as others at the school. As a school we ensure that:
All our staff are First Aid trained. In addition to this, we have two members of staff who have undergone an enhanced Paediatric First Aid training course - Mrs Davies and Miss McConnell - and are our named First Aiders. Their training includes the administration of epi-pens in the event of an anaphylactic episode, as well as dealing with a variety of medical conditions and emergencies.
As a school, we have experience of dealing with complex conditions that need day-to-day management. If your child has a medical condition, please let the school know and we can work together to come up with an effective medical management plan.
Inhalers - Asthma
If your child has asthma, even if you consider it to be mild and you don't feel it affects your child on a day-to-day basis, please let the school know as soon as possible. Each asthmatic child must have their own blue 'reliever' inhaler and spacer in school. We will administer blue inhalers as and when they are needed. If your child takes their inhaler in school, they will come home with a sticker on their uniform stating when they took it and how many puffs. Each asthmatic child must have an Asthma Management Plan within school. These are available in the office. We will send home all inhalers and spacers at the end of every half term, and would ask that they come back with your child on the first day back in school. We will also let you know if your child's inhaler is close to expiry.
We have two members of staff that are fully-trained in administering epi-pens in the event of an emergency. If your child has been issued with an epi-pen, we will need to fill in an IHP. Please arrange an appointment with Mrs Davies so we can complete this together. Epi-pens (and any associated antihistamines) will be sent home at the end of every half term. We would ask that they are returned on the first day back in school. We will also let you know if your child’s epi-pen is due to expire.
We are unable to administer antibiotics in school. If your child is on antibiotics and they are well enough to be in school, arrangements will have to be made to administer the medicine yourself to your child during the school day. Please speak to Mrs Tiplady in the office to arrange this.
If your child has a fever in school, we will contact you using the emergency contact details held on record. We are unable to administer paracetamol (Calpol), ibuprofen or any other over-the-counter medicines in school.
Any Other Medicines
If your child needs to take any other routine medication on a daily basis as part of a medical management plan, please make an appointment with Mrs Davies to arrange this.
Accidents in School
If your child injures themselves at school or complains of malaise, they will be sent home with a first aid slip stating the issue, how any injury was treated and the outcome following the injury. If we feel your child needs additional medical attention, we will notify you either at the end of the school day or at the time of the injury (depending on the severity of the injury).
Common Illnesses and Infection Absence Periods
Below is a list of common illnesses and, if necessary, how long they should stay off school for. As we are an inclusive school and do have pupils with complex medical conditions, we would ask that you follow these guidelines in order to protect the health of our school community. If your child is suffering from a illness not on the list, please contact Mrs Tiplady in the school office for further guidance.
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