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Medical Needs

At Livingstone Road Primary Federation unless pupils are acutely ill, they are encouraged to attend school. The aim is to keep children in school rather than restrict their education through exclusion on medical grounds.

Ill health

We ask parents not to bring children into school if they have a contagious illness or are too unwell to participate in learning.

Please contact the school office for advice on 01202 806806 if you are not sure whether to bring your child to school.

Children who have suffered from sickness and/or diarrhoea should be kept home from school for 48 hours to minimise the risk of spreading an infectious illness.

Reporting an absence from school

On the first day of absence, parents should telephone the Federation Office, on 01202 806806, as soon as possible (before 9am) with an explanation of the absence. Parents should contact every day until the child returns to school or indicate the length of absence and the reasons why it is known the pupil will be unable to attend, for example, recovering from an operation. In these circumstances, a ‘Check-in’ date must be agreed upon when the absence will be reviewed.

Failure to explain within five days of the start of the absence will result in the absence being marked as unauthorised. In these circumstances, legal interventions may be considered.


Sometimes it may be necessary for children to take medication during school hours. If your child needs to take medicine during school hours, you are welcome to come into the school to administer the medicine at any time necessary.

The supervising of medication to a pupil is a parental responsibility but teachers may be asked to perform this task, on a purely voluntary basis, for certain prescription medicines on your behalf. We do not accept responsibility for the administration of medications but will do our best to ensure your child receives the correct medicine at the appropriate time.

Medicines must be brought into school by a parent, carer, or their representative – not a child. A consent form must be completed, and all medicine must have the prescription label attached, showing the child’s name and appropriate dose.

For more information, please contact the school office on 01202 806806.


Head lice are quite common at school age but are not dangerous and they do not spread disease. However, they can cause anxiety and distress among parents. If we notice them at school, we will contact you.

There is no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice, but please treat your child and the rest of your family. Regular checking of your child’s hair for lice and treatment, if they are present, is the responsibility of parents and carers, not the school.