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Parents’ Information

The School Office

The office is open from 8am to 4.30pm each day.

  • Office Manager – Mrs Blakemore
  • School Administrator – Mrs Barrett
  • Receptionist – Miss Williams
  • Email – admin@oakmereprimary.net
  • Tel: 01707 656963

Illness

If your child is absent please telephone the school on the first day of absence.

In the case of longer absence please telephone the school daily as it helps us to be aware of illnesses and in particular those that are infectious.

Please let us know if your child has been in contact with an infectious illness. If your child has a bout of sickness or diarrhoea, it is policy to allow 48 hours from the last episode before the child returns to school. This helps prevent the complaint spreading to other children.

Your child should refrain from taking part in school swimming lessons for a period of one week following the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.

Medicines in School

We need to know about any particular medical need before a child is admitted, or when a child first develops a medical need. Parents should tell us about the medicines that their child needs to take and provide details of any changes to the prescription or the support required.

All medicines must be brought to the school office by the child’s parent together with a consent form (available from the office) signed by the parent. No child should ever bring medicine into school themselves or carry any medicine around with them.

We will only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse prescriber or pharmacist prescriber. The medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration. It is helpful, where clinically appropriate, if medicines are prescribed in dose frequencies which enable it to be taken outside school hours. Medicines that need to be taken three times a day could be taken in the morning, after school hours and at bedtime. We will not administer any non-prescribed medicine.

We are unable to accept responsibility for dangerous medicines or for failure to administer a dose.

We support and encourage children to take responsibility for managing their own medicines from an early age. If children can take their medicine themselves, staff will supervise.

Health and Hygiene

We work hard to teach children the first steps in looking after themselves, e.g. washing their hands after using the toilet, wearing a coat when it is cold, being safe in the sun and blowing their noses properly.

If your child has an accident we will enter the details in our accident book. If your child bumps their head we will provide a wrist band to alert you and we will telephone you.

Head lice and threadworms are endemic throughout the population.

Parents can help prevent head lice and threadworms from spreading by training children to always wash their hands after going to the toilet and by combing their hair every day with a fine tooth comb. Be aware that these conditions spread very quickly so do look out for symptoms.

Security

During school hours it is only possible to enter via the main school entrance. Please sign in as soon as you enter the building.

Safety

As many children are brought to school by car we ask you to avoid parking on the pavements because of the danger to children walking to school. Parents are not permitted to park in the school grounds or to drive into school to collect children from after school activities.

Your co-operation ensures the safety of the children and also the good relationship between the school and our neighbours in the adjacent roads.

The main school gate is closed to vehicles between 8.30am-9.00am and 3.00pm-3.30pm but we ask you to supervise your child closely and to ensure that they do not enter the car park. If children arrive by bike or scooter they should be accompanied and the vehicle secured to the railings by the PB1 centre. Bikes and scooters are left at your own risk and school can accept no responsibility for any loss or damage.