Absence and Medical

If your child is absent from school, or if you wish him or her to be excused on any occasion
from a particular activity due to health reasons, it is essential that you phone, call in, or send
a note.

Suffolk Local Authority does not support term time holidays other than in the most
exceptional circumstances and request for absence for such holiday should be considered on
its merits. Holidays taken without prior permission will be recorded as unauthorised.
In the event of your child becoming ill, or having other than a minor accident at school, we
will endeavour to contact you immediately. If this is not possible we will act in his or her best
interest, obtaining medical advice if necessary.

Medicines should be administered at home except in rare cases of long term medical
condition, when special arrangements can be made.
If your child is suffering from sickness or diarrhoea please allow him or her to remain at
home for 48 hours after the last attack to reduce the possibility of the spread of


Some pupils will need to have inhalers available during school time. If this is the case, then
children should be encouraged to take responsibility for them and be able to use them
properly. Parents are advised that we require an Asthma form completed and returned to
school and that inhalers should be labelled clearly with the child’s name.


If medicine is needed on a long term basis, parents will be asked to complete a form which
can be obtained from the office, giving consent for a member of staff to administer
medicine on their behalf. This medicine must be clearly labelled and the dosage stated.

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