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Mersea Island School

Medical Condition Guidance

If your child has any medical condition, we should be aware of this as you should have completed a medical conditions form on your child's entry to the school.  If there has been any change to your child's medical needs we kindly ask that you ensure we are kept fully updated, with the latest information. 

If your child needs to take any medication throughout the school day, please ensure you have completed the relevant medical forms and returned them to the school office. All medication must be collected at the end of each term. It is your responsibility to ensure your child has the correct medication, which is in date, in school. 

Please note cough sweets and throat lozenges are not allowed in school. Your child can of course, bring a water bottle to sip throughout the school day. 

If you have any concerns or would like to speak to a member of staff about any aspect of your child's medical care, please contact the school office: office@merseaschool.org

If your child is unfortunate to feel poorly, please ensure you phone the school before the start of the school day to let us know, stating your child's name, class and reason for absence. 

If your child experiences sickness and/or diarrhoea, they must not return to school until there has been 48 hours clear of sickness or diarrhoea.  Your cooperation with this is much appreciated and will help to reduce the spread. 

Coronavirus guidance:

 

How everyone can help make school as safe as possible

 

Each school will do their own health and safety risk assessment as part of their planning for the autumn term and the return of all pupils.

As part of this, there are certain approaches that the government has asked schools to implement which are essential to reduce health risks. Parents and carers can support this by:

  • ensuring that anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or has someone in their household who does, does not attend school or college - this means if your child, or someone in your household, has symptoms you should not send them to school or college
  • engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process so that cases can be identified and action taken - this means if your child develops symptoms, you should arrange for them to get a test and you should inform your school or college of the results of that test

Alongside this, the government is asking schools and colleges to ensure they are:

  • managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the school or college, in line with current public health guidance - this means your child may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days by their school or college (based on advice from their local health protection teams) if they have been in close, face-to-face contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus
  • ensuring everyone at the school or college cleans their hands more often than usual, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, and before and after eating - this can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene, by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often
  • minimising contact and maintaining distance, as far as possible - schools and colleges will decide how best to do this, as it will be different for each setting, but in broad terms, it will involve asking children to stay within specified separate groups (or bubbles), and through maintaining distance between individuals. The government’s guidance to schools recognises that younger children may not be able to maintain social distancing so it is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children, it will be on distancing.

It will be really important that parents help schools and colleges to implement these approaches by following the advice set out here and wider public health advice and guidance.

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