Health Issues



All parents/carers of children with Asthma should ensure that they have completed a SCHOOL ASTHMA CARD and that the school has a spare inhaler for their child. We encourage children to self-medicate where they are deemed mature enough by their Asthma nurse/ parent, or carer.

School Asthma Card

Medication at school

We are happy to dispense prescribed, named medication for your child at school, for example, antibiotics and non-prescription medicine e.g. Calpol for temporary pain management. All medication must be labeled with your child’s name or prescribed by your child’s GP. You must also complete Parental Agreement to Administer Medicine Form. Please also read our policy on Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs and Administration of Medicines

School Nurse

At Chagford Primary School we offer parents and carers a free and confidential ‘drop in’ session with the local school community nurse once a term. If you have any concerns or queries about any aspect of your child’s health, please do come along to a session. The nurse will be able to give advice on a variety of issues including bed-wetting, sleep problems, eating concerns or any issue which is affecting your child. You can also contact the Nurse Team directly.


First Aid

In the event of your child having a minor accident or injury whilst at school we have a number of staff fully qualified in First Aid and/or Paediatric First Aid. If your child has had an injury they will be given basic treatment as required. If staff are in the slightest bit concerned about an injury we will contact you by telephone. However, for head injuries or bumps, a Head Bump form is always sent home.

What happens if your child is ill at school

If your child complains of feeling unwell at school we will notify you at home or work to see if there have been any concerns that morning. Depending on the time of day and how unwell your child is, you may be asked to come and collect your child from school. It is essential that parents keep the office up to date of any changes in phone numbers either at home, work or on a mobile network. Please also ensure that any additional emergency contact details are also kept up to date. In the event that you cannot be contacted, we will move onto the next emergency contact details.

What to do if your child is unwell

We keep detailed records of each child’s attendance and punctuality, which is monitored by the school and our Education Welfare Officer, who makes regular visits. If your child is unwell, please telephone the school office first thing in the morning on the day of your child’s absence informing us that they will not be at school and the expected date of return. A note explaining the absence should then be brought to school on your child’s return. Please note for child safety reasons we operate a first-day call policy. If a parent has not informed us that their child will be absent and the child is not present at registration then we will text/telephone the parent until we can establish that your child is safe.
If your child has a medical appointment please inform the office or your child’s class teacher in advance.

Infectious Illnesses

If you suspect your child may have an infectious illness, such as measles or chickenpox, please read the Department for Education publication “Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings” here.

Guidance on Infection Control in Schools

Head Lice

Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair, and are particularly common in children. They can’t fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact, climbing from the hair of an infected person to the hair of someone else. Prevention is the best cure, so if your child has long hair, please ensure it is tied back for school!

Head lice can be difficult to detect, even when you closely inspect your child’s head. If you think your child may have head lice, please check your child’s hair. The most common places for head lice to lurk are in the hair behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. If you still can’t spot any lice, comb the child’s hair with a special nit comb. These are available from most chemists. It’s easier to spot head lice as they fall out if you comb the hair over a piece of white paper. If head lice are present, you need to treat your child. You should only treat your child if you find live head lice, which confirms a live infestation. Don’t treat “just in case”. Head lice are tough. They can’t be killed by washing with normal shampoo or normal combing. Because they reproduce so quickly, you’ve got to kill them before they spread to others. If your child has head lice, check everyone in the family. You’ll need to treat everyone affected to get rid of them. You can treat head lice by wet-combing hair with a special comb, or by using medicated lotions or sprays available over the counter at pharmacies.