St Mary’s CE VC First School
Charminster, Dorchester

School Nurse

All children are medically examined during their first year in school. This includes hearing, height and weight checks. You will be notified when this examination will take place, although it isn’t necessary for you to be present. If you are at all concerned with your child’s health and feel the school may be able to make arrangements to help please speak with your child’s class teacher or Karen Bennett, Parent Support Advisor. 

Please do not send your child to school if she/he has been unwell the previous night or prior to coming to school in the morning. We have no facilities for looking after sick children and it is unfair to your child and the other children in the class. Likewise please encourage your child to have good attendance as missing school does impact upon their performance. Children must not return to school for 48 hours after being sick or suffering from diarrhoea.

Please click on the link below for a Guidance on Infections.

If your child has an accident or becomes unwell during school hours we shall contact you immediately. Please ensure that we have your current emergency telephone number.

It may occasionally be necessary for children to receive medicine during the school day. In the interests of safety the school must have a written request from the parents stating:

  • the name of the medication
  • the dose to be administered
  • the time the drug needs to be administered.
  • Our school welcomes children with asthma. Parents are asked to inform us on admission. We have a clear Asthma Policy and all our staff recognise the need for medication to be close to hand at all times.
  • We fully support the integration of children affected by asthma into the full life of the school as far as they are able.

The parent should take the medication to the office, clearly labelled with the child’s name and the dosage to be given and complete the appropriate form giving permission for a member of staff to administer. The medication should be in a child-proof container. Children should not be responsible for carrying medicines to school.  

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