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Illness and Absence

Illness during the day
We will contact you if your child is unwell during the school day.  Up-to-date information about where you, or a relative, can be contacted during the day is essential.

If your child needs emergency medical treatment, we will contact you immediately or send for an ambulance.

Medical Appointments
We do request that parents make all medical appointments in the school holidays or later in the school day, so that children are not missing out on teaching time.

If this cannot be avoided, and you need to take your child out of school for a medical appointment, would you please make arrangements to collect your child from the school office. Office staff will need to see any evidence of the appointment eg letter or appointment card from the hospital, dentist, opticians etc.

If your child is too unwell to attend school please let us know before 9.30 am. You can use any of the following methods:

  • Text +44 (0) 1709242054

  • email school on [email protected]

  • or telephone the school office on 01709 894149

We need to know the reason why your child is absent eg their symptoms. If they are absent for more than three consecutive days, please update the school on their progress.

Our school operates a first day contact system and therefore, if we are not aware of why your child is absent from school, we will contact you during the day as part of our attendance routine. Contact from you would be greatly appreciated as this saves the school time and money and also helps us to form good relationships with parents. 

Medicines in School
Staff are not generally allowed to administer any type of medicine. However, office staff will administer prescribed medicines (medicines prescribed by a Doctor) if absolutely necessary eg those that are required to be administered four times a day.  If a prescribed medicine is necessary, the school must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. These are available from the school office. 

Any prescribed medicines brought to school must be clearly labelled with your child's name and year group. Medicines should be brought to/collected from the school office by and adult, so that it may be stored safely and securely. 

Children with asthma can keep their inhalers in school to enable them to administer this themselves, or have administered with the assistance of a member of staff, as and when required. Again, parents need to let the class teacher and the office staff know that their child has an asthma inhaler and parents must sign a consent form before the inhaler is left in school.  This also applies for the children who will self-administer this medication.

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Heather Garth Primary Academy

Billingley View
S63 8ES

01709 894149

[email protected]

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