Health & Welfare
The School Health Service
The aims of the School Health Service are to achieve the best possible level of health for all school age children working in partnership with children, parents and teachers to enable children to benefit fully from education and reach their potential.
Every school has a fully trained School Health Nurse. The School Health Nurse is your first point of contact in the school on all health matters. She is responsible for assessing the health needs of the children and for implementing, facilitating and co-ordinating those needs. She conducts health interviews and screening for vision, growth and hearing. She will maintain continuous and regular contact with parents, teachers and the School Medical Officer and will liaise with, and refer to, other professionals as appropriate. The School Health Nurse may be involved in the planning and delivery of health education programmes and she may attend pastoral care meetings. The School Health Nurse is not the primary contact for first aid in school, although she will, of course, respond in an emergency and will provide advice and support where appropriate.
The school secretary can give you information as to when the School Health Nurse will be attending the school.
In the interests of dental hygiene and our healthy school policy, children are not allowed to bring sweets to school. At break time only a savoury snack or fruit may be consumed. Parents should not send "fizzy" drinks or chocolate.
Asthma and Allergies
If your child suffers from asthma it is important that you tell us when medication might be needed and where it is to be kept. We need to be aware of any allergy from which your child suffers.
Medicines in school
Our Local Education Authority's guidelines on medicines in school are as follows:
a. Before any medicine is administered in school by the Head teacher (or his/her nominee) the parent must complete a Consent Form 'Administration of Medicine Schools Return' and bring it in to school with the medicine. Forms are available from the School Secretary. Failure to complete this form means that the medicine can only be administered by the parent who will need to come into school to carry out the task.
b. Each occasion on which a medicine is administered to a pupil by the school will be recorded, by the school, in the record file.
c. These regulations apply only to medicines prescribed by a Doctor. The Authority will not permit us to administer any medicine obtained by parents from a Chemist or some other source without a doctor's prescription. Children should not bring throat pastilles, lip balm, etc to school.
d. When parents bring medicines into school, they must be clearly labelled with the contents, owner's name and dosage and will be kept in a locked drawer or cupboard away from children in school.
There are bound to be some exceptions to the above and each case will have to be judged on its merits, but in the case of illnesses children must only return to school when completely fit. These regulations form part of Devon County Policy on medicines in schools.
The Local Education Authority is insured against its legal liability for any injury, loss or damage caused to pupils as a result of negligence on its part or that of its employees, servants or agents.
Pupils attending the Authority's schools are not insured for personal accident benefits while on education premises or taking part in recognised activities outside the school. Insurance policies for personal accident are widely available.
The Council expects all employees and pupils to accept full responsibility for their personal possessions, including money and to consider taking out insurance themselves to cover any risks.