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Medical Information



As a school community we are very conscious of the affects which illness can have and in particular the way they can spread, given the close proximity of staff and children.


  1. To this end, a list is set out below of the more common communicable diseases together with their minimal exclusion periods as recommended by the Department of Health and Social Security. The minimal exclusion period is the time, which you should keep your child away from school in order to minimise the risk of spreading infection.


Normal Incubation Minimal exclusion

period in days period


Sickness and diarrhoea 48hrs since last bout


Dysentery 1 - 7 until clinically fit


Chickenpox 14-21 6 days from rash


Diphtheria 2 - 5 until bacteriological

examination is clear


German Measles 14-21 4 days from rash


Hepatitis A 15-50 7 days from rash


Scarletina & Scarlet Fever 2 - 5 Until clinical recovery


Whooping Cough 7 - 10 21 days from onset of cough


Impetigo Until skin is healed


Ringworm of Scalp Until cured




  1. This is the responsibility of parents and carers to check their children’s hair regularly. Head inspections are no longer carried out at school and a child will be sent home if headlice are seen on their head/hair. The school is aware of the recommended lotion to use if head infestation occurs. Regular combing is a real deterrent. The school sells ‘Lokombs’ which are advertised as having the ability to get rid of both eggs and lice, using a wet combing method. (These are available at the Office).


Administration of Medicines in School


Our policy on the administration of medicine in the school is based on advice given by the Area Health Authority.


If a child needs to take medicine at school, parents will be asked to complete an “Administration of medicine in school” form. The medicine should be brought to the school with the completed form. Only medicines prescribed by a doctor may be administered in school.


All medicines will be stored in a secure medicine cabinet/ fridge.


If your child should need cough sweets they must be given to the class teacher who will give them to the child when required.


Please remember that if your child is not well and needs to take medicine, it is much better to keep him/her at home, to ensure he/she recovers quickly and to avoid the possible spreading of infections to others.


The School Health Service


  1. School Nurse is Steve Boddey. She visits the school regularly each year to carry out vision, hearing, weight and height measurements together with health interviews. She is involved in the promotion of good health and also participates in the classroom, talking about different aspects of Health Education. This in turn hopefully makes the child responsible for their own health at an early age.


2. Due to the changing role of the Community Dental Service, annual dental screening for all children no longer takes place.


The School Administrator can give you information as to when the School Nurse will be attending the school, or alternatively, where she can be contacted. See General Information.

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