School’s Absence Line - 01582 863859
If you are telephoning the school to leave an absence message the recording does not always play, but your messages are recorded.
Please make sure you leave; your name, your child’s name, your child’s class and the reason for their absence.
If your child has sickness or an upset stomach, they MUST remain off of school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness, even if they seem well enough to come in. We are trying to combat the spread of sickness through pupils and staff.
Health and medical matters
It is important that you give full information about any health or medical matters to do with your child. If your child has asthma, this must be identified on the school admission form. If your child is diagnosed at a later time please remember to inform school and sign a declaration form.
In Year 1 your child will be offered a health care interview with the school nurse to which parents will be invited. This will include a vision test, height check, co-ordination and speech check. It will also give parents/carers an opportunity to talk about their child’s health and well-being. The school nurse will be able to advise you and with your consent, will refer you to other health professionals for their help. The results will be recorded in a Personal Health Record which you keep.
You can keep a record of your child’s health and growth.
You can see clearly all the treatment they are given.
You will know about any health problems.
You can be more involved in your child’s healthcare.
Head lice are found from time to time in young children’s hair. These are tiny insects and they lay minute eggs near the scalp. Remember head-lice actually prefer clean hair, so the possibility of infection is no reflection on a family’s standard of hygiene. As it is easy for a child to pick these up anywhere, PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S SCALP (ESPECIALLY AT THE BACK OF THE HEAD AND NEAR THE EARS) EVERY WEEK. Head lice checks are no longer carried out in schools. The Health Authority relies on parents/carers to check and treat their own children’s hair.
Head lice - Prevention, Detection and Treatment:
Comb the hair with a fine-toothed comb from root to tip at least twice a day particularly at bedtime. Very gently brushed or undisturbed hair will allow any new lice to settle down and breed!
Check hair at least once a week using a head-lice comb or special detection comb.
Recent advice suggests the wet-combing method:-
Comb wet (and/or conditioned) hair with a head-lice comb every day for at least 14 days.
Long hair should be tied back or plaited to prevent casual contact.
We educate our children through a Heath Education programme as well as being vigilant and alerting parents to any outbreaks.
The School Nurse will talk to parents and show a video on Head-lice identification. Further information can be obtained from Houghton Regis clinic.
If your child becomes ill or has a serious accident during the school day, he/she is sent to the main office for first-aid treatment. If it is serious the parent/carers will be called and the child will be sent home (or accompanied by the parent to hospital if an ambulance is called).
If your child has an accident (falling over in mud/snow or not getting to the toilet on time) and spare clothes will be lent to him/her - please wash and return clothes as soon as possible because other children may need to borrow them.
Children requiring regular medicines or treatment in school (such as asthmatics, etc.) have to receive this in the medical room adjacent to the office. Medicines/inhalers are kept either in the fridge or medical cabinet in the school office. No inhalers/medicine are to be kept in the classroom or handed to teachers. Please note we can only accept the reliever (Blue) inhalers in school.
If your child requires medicine in school that is to be given 4 times a day, an Indemnity Form must be signed by you before any medicine can be administered to your child. (Only medication prescribed by a GP can be administered in school). The Indemnity Form is available for you to fill out from the school office.
Please note: any medicine that is brought into school will not be handed over to a child at the end of the school day, it is down to the parent/carer to pick it up from the main school office.
Hawthorn Park has 15 qualified First Aiders.