Illness


Fitzharrys School considers its duty of care to students of utmost importance. Whilst attendance is always very strongly encouraged to support your child’s progress, children should not attend school if they are clearly too unwell, have a temperature or have experienced vomiting or diarrhoea in the last 24 hours.  Children attending school are expected to take part in all activities unless they have a letter from a parent.

If a child is taken ill at school, they should alert a member of staff who will alert a first aider.  If they remain unwell, the Head of Year may give permission for them to go home once parents and carers have been contacted.  In the case of accidental injury, parents and carers will also be notified as soon as possible.

Students should not contact parents directly or leave the premises without the consent of the Head of Year.  Please ensure that emergency contact details are kept up-to-date at school for this reason. It is crucial that the school is made aware of any special medical conditions your child may have to ensure they receive the right care; this information will always be treated confidentially.  Please contact Student Services to register updates in contact details and medical details.

To ensure student safety, school staff cannot administer any non-prescribed or prescribed medicines to students without prior written permission from parents and carers.  In the event of a student needing non-prescription pain relief during the school day, parental permission will always need to be obtained. If a student regularly suffers from acute pain, such as migraine, parents and carers must authorise in writing and supply the appropriate painkiller for their child’s use which should be given straight to Student Services for safe-keeping.

For further guidance, visit our Absence and Policies pages.

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