It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Further information can be found on the NHS website please click on the link.
If your child has chickenpox they will need to stay away from school until all the spots have formed a scab. This is usually 5 days after the spots appeared.
For further information please refer to the NHS website.
Please click here for the School Medication Form
If your child needs to have prescribed medication administered at school, you must complete a medication record form which ensures that there is no misunderstanding about dosage, timing, frequency, etc. The school medication record form may be downloaded (please see above), alternatively, spare forms are available from the office. We ask you to kindly bring the medication in the prescribed container / packet clearly marked with the child’s name and class to the school office. It is essential that all medication brought to school is in date. Please ensure that you check the expiry date regularly.
For those children requiring ongoing medical care, it is essential that parents liaise with the school regarding the child's condition and the care they may require during the school day so that a Health Care Plan can be put in place to ensure that all staff are aware of the individual child's needs. Please contact Mrs Jane Gibby (SEND Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This section is another reference to inform you that if your child has vomited or had a bout of diarrhoea whilst at home, we ask that they do not return to school until at least 48 hours has elapsed from the last episode, to avoid the risk of infecting other children in the class and to give your child time to recover.
Please see the following sites for NHS and Government guidelines, and useful information regarding schools and illness:
Patient.info - School Exclusion for Infections
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to all primary age children to help protect them against flu. Primary school children will be offered their vaccination in school.
More information about the vaccine can be found on this page.
As part of the Kent 2018/19 dental survey 3097 children aged 5 years had their teeth examined in schools across the county between November 2018 and July 2019. For some children, this may have been the first dental check they ever received.
Approximately one in seven children were found to have tooth decay or cavities in their teeth. This ranged across the county from one in two 5-year-old children in Dover district to one in seventeen 5-year-old children in Ashford district. Parents of these children were notified and advised to visit a dentist for treatment.
The information collected in Kent will form part of the national data set. This will allow Kent County Council to better understand oral health and to target appropriate educational and promotional activity more effectively across the county. The next survey is expected to be undertaken in 2020 to 2021.
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