Attendance

catmose collegeIf your child is unable to attend school please inform us as soon as possible. It is important for us to confirm that your child is safe at home. Your child should not be removed from school without permission. Dental appointments etc. should, if at all possible, be arranged out of school hours. If you need to collect your child from school during the day, for whatever reason, please ensure that you exit from the office area and sign him/her out.

If your child is ill please avoid sending him/her to school whenever possible as viruses can spread through a class very quickly. If a child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea please do not send them to school until they have been symptoms free for at least 24 hours.

The Local Authority, the Area Health Authority and the teaching profession have agreed that children suffering from infections and taking antibiotics should, in most cases, remain at home.

MEDICATION 

However, if a child is deemed to be well but has not completed a course of antibiotics then parents or carers are welcome to come to the school to administer the dose.

Staff can not, under their terms and conditions, be required to administer medicines. Those who volunteer to do so may only do this with written permission from the parent or carer. Any medication must be in the original box or bottle with the dosage indicated by the pharmacy. Administration of any medicines is always witnessed and recorded. Should you need to ask if a member of staff is willing to take on this responsibility please contact the school office.

Should a child have a long-term medical need, staff training will take place as appropriate.

We must emphasise the importance of informing us of changes to contact numbers, in case your child is ill during the day and needs to be at home.

THE HEALTH OF YOUR CHILD 

During the school life of your child, each child has the opportunity to take up regular health and dental checks which are carried out by the School Doctor, Dentist, School Nurse or other appropriate medical professionals. Parents are always informed of these screenings and, where appropriate, given the opportunity to attend.

We need to know if children have long term health problems such as asthma, nut or other allergies, epilepsy, diabetes, etc. If your child has asthma you will be required to fill in an asthma card at the beginning of each academic year. Please ensure that inhalers are clearly labelled with the child’s name and that they are regularly checked. If your child should develop, or be suspected of developing, such a problem please contact us as soon as possible so that we can be aware of their needs. If your child is taken ill at school you will be contacted. For this reason we must always have your current address and telephone number.

PASTORAL CARE 

All members of staff see themselves as being responsible for the pastoral care of the children in our school. We also work closely with the School Nurse. She is able to provide an opportunity, with parental permission, for children to talk confidentially with her on her on a 1:1 basis.

If you have any concerns you are encouraged to discuss these with your child’s class teacher, the School Nurse, or directly with the Head of School.