Welfare, Medical Support and First Aid

We recognise that during their time with us many students will need extra support and care due to medical needs.  Support is led by our medical officer, Mrs McMurdie who is supported by the School’s Nursing Team.  If your child has an ongoing medical need it is important that we are aware of this and of any support which may be needed.  This includes asthma, allergies and any other need which may affect their wellbeing or learning in school.  If your child has an ongoing medical need, or a short-term illness which requires support in school, please contact Mrs McMurdie who will work with you to create a plan which best supports your child. 

Students may not keep medication, including over-the-counter painkillers with them in school.  If your child requires medication during the school day you must bring it to the main reception in its original packaging.  You will be asked to sign a consent form and the medication will be safely stored for your child’s use.  There are some exceptions to this, for example, children who use an asthma inhaler or an adrenaline injector must keep them with them.  If your child uses medication which they need to keep with them, please contact Mrs McMurdie.  

In order to provide the best care to our whole school community, we have a team of trained first aiders across the staff.  If your child becomes ill or requires first aid support whilst at school you will usually be contacted.  It is important that we are able to contact you quickly in an emergency so please ensure that you let us know if your contacts numbers change.  

Whilst excellent school attendance is vital for children to learn and achieve, during the Coronavirus Pandemic it is important that government guidance is followed if any member of our school community has COVID-19 symptoms or has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  Students displaying symptoms must not attend school.  The symptoms are:

  • High temperature this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
     
  • New, continuous cough this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough but it is worse than usual then this should be considered as a symptom)
     
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
     

If you child has ANY ONE of these symptoms, they must not attend school.  Further details of the action you must take can be found in the section below.   

We value our strong partnerships with parents and families as it is by working together that we ensure the best care and support for our students.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs McMurdie if you would like to discuss support for your child.

Ongoing Medical Conditions

If your child has an ongoing medical condition it is important that we are aware.  We will ask you to tell us what the issue is, how it may affect your child in school and any support which is needed.  For some students, we will work with you and your child to create an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP) which sets out day-to-day support as well as action to be taken in an emergency.  An example of an IHCP can be found below.  Please contact Mrs McMurdie on 020 8864 8544 or smcmurdie@northolthigh.org.uk if you would like to discuss your child’s ongoing medical needs.

Individual Health Care Plan

Asthma

If your child has asthma and uses an inhaler, they must carry it with them at all times.  You must also provide a spare inhaler in the original packaging which will be stored for them in the welfare room.  We will ask you to sign a consent form which you can do by popping in to the main school office or downloading and completing the form below and returning it to school.  (Please note that if you email the form to us you must do so using an email address provided to us when your child enrolled at the school).

Allergies

Please let us know if your child has an allergy. If your child requires medication, such as antihistamines or adrenaline auto-injectors, you must ensure we have spares in school. You will need to bring these to reception and you will be asked to give us details such as what the triggers are and what an allergic reaction usually looks like for your child. This helps us to make sure we have all the information we need to plan support for your child. Again, you will need to sign a medicines consent form, which you can do in school but which can also be found below.

Medicines Consent Form

Contact details

Occasionally we may have to contact you quickly so it is important that we are always able to get hold of you.  If your contact details change please telephone the school office on 020 8864 8544 or email admin@northolthigh.org.uk.

It is vital that we have up to date contact details for at least two emergency contacts so that we can get in touch if your child is unwell at school. If your details change please give us a call or put a note in your child’s planner and ask then to go to the main office. Your child’s planner will be signed so you know we’ve got your message.

Medications

Students must not carry any over-the-counter or prescription medicines, including painkillers, with them in school. Exceptions are made in certain circumstances, such as for asthma inhalers or adrenaline auto-injectors, but only when the child may need immediate access to their medication and only when this has been agreed with our medical officer in advance. If your child needs to access medicines during the school day you must bring them to reception in their original packaging.  We will ask you to sign a consent form which you can do by popping in to the main school office or downloading and completing the form below and returning it to school.  (Please note that if you email the form to us you must do so using an email address provided to us when your child enrolled at the school).

Medicines Consent Form

Injuries

f your child has an injury which means they cannot take part in the full school curriculum, please contact Mrs McMurdie before they attend school.  Mrs McMurdie will discuss the support your child needs with you and will liaise with teaching staff if any temporary adjustments are needed.  If your child has been advised to use crutches  by a medical professional you must contact us before they return to school.  We will discuss with you how well they are able to use them and agree any necessary arrangements.  

Crutches

If your child is issued with crutches by a medical professional please let us know before your child returns to school so that we can ensure their health and safety whilst on school site.  Mrs McMurdie will work with you and your child to assess any special arrangements which need to be made to support your child.

Crutches - safe use in school

Coronavirus

If your child or someone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus, your child must not come to school.  

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough but it is worse than usual then this should be considered as a symptom)

  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For more information, please read this guidance on symptoms.

If your child has one or more of these symptoms (it does not need to have all of them), they must self-isolate straight away for 10 days.  If they still have symptoms after 10 days then they must continue to self isolate until they no longer have symptoms.

If your child has symptoms then you and everyone in the household must self-isolate straight away for 14 days.

If someone in your household has symptoms but your child does not, your child must still self-isolate for 14 days.  

This means that if anyone in your household has symptoms, everyone in your household must self-isolate.  Children cannot attend school and adults cannot leave the house to work.  If you are isolating, nobody in your household can leave the house, even for essential supplies.  You should have food delivered or ask someone to help by shopping for you.  If you do not have anyone who is able to help, you can get support from your local authority.  Go to their website or call their main telephone number to find support.

If someone in your household has developed symptoms, as well as self-isolating, the person should get a test to check whether they have Covid-19. The test is free for everyone.  You can do this by accessing this website or by telephoning 119 if you do not have access to the internet. 

If the test result is positive, the person infected must complete the rest of the 10 day isolation period. Everyone else in the household must complete the self-isolation for 14 days from when the infected person started having symptoms. The person will also be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service who will ask you to share details of people with whom they have had close, recent contact and places they have visited.. 

If the test is negative, members of the household (and the person with symptoms) no longer need to self-isolate and the student can return to school.

We know you will be concerned at your child missing more school time, but it is very important that we all follow this guidance to ensure that the virus is controlled as much as possible.  If your child has to isolate, we will set work for them to complete if they are well enough and we are always here to provide support if you or they need it.  

These measures to control the virus will only work if we all follow these guidelines.  Please be assured that the same measures are in place for staff at school.  If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please get in touch with us, either by telephoning or emailing us at help@northolthigh.org.uk.

 

Downloads

Title Date  
Individual Health Care Plan 20th Aug 2020 Download
Medicines Consent Form 20th Aug 2020 Download