Medical, Illness & Absence

Medical, Illness & Absence

It is important that you, a friend or a relative can be contacted during school hours in the event of your child suffering illness or an accident. The school needs to be kept informed of any changes to your address, contact details, personal circumstances such as change of job, telephone numbers, etc. so that you can be reached in case of an emergency.

If a pupil is injured in an accident at school, the Education Department is prepared to pay the cost of doctors’ examination and treatment up to a maximum of £700. Payments made under this scheme are not an admission of legal liability for the accident, and payment is subject to confirmation of the accident by the school and the doctor.

The Education Department scheme does not cover the cost of dental treatment. Pupils who meet the Department of Health and Social Services criteria for treatment at the Children’s Dental Service (e.g. those parents who are in receipt of supplementary benefit and looked after children) may contact the clinic to make arrangements for the child to be treated there. In all other cases, if emergency treatment is required, the clinic can provide such treatment on condition that the appointment is made, in the first instance, by the school.

All medical information about children is treated by school with total confidentiality. Parents can request initial checks for their child’s loss of hearing or sight through the school. This will be carried out initially by the school nurse. They may also come to school to check children’s for head lice at the school’s request. You are asked to inform school if your child is infested, so that all children in their class can be monitored.

Please note: If it is necessary for your child to have medicine administered at school a letter of authorisation MUST be sent to the Headteacher giving details of dosage and time required. Without written authority we are not permitted to administer any medication. All medicines should be in their original labelled packaging.

Absence due to illness

Parents are required to send a note, e-mail or to telephone school if their child is absent through illness before 9:20am on any school day. The school will contact you before or soon after that time if the reason for a child’s absence is unknown. We also need to have prior notice of any dental, doctor’s appointments or any other reason which may mean your child is out of school.

Other Reasons for Absence

Any other absences, other than for illness, for children of compulsory school age will be classified as 'Unauthorised'. If you require any further details or have any questions about the above, please contact the school directly via phone, email or letter. Alternatively, come into school and speak to one of our members of staff.


Please contact us for more advice

01481 756032 01481 756034

Vale Primary School, Belval Road, Vale, Guernsey, GY3 5LN