Illness, Medication and Accidents

Children should be kept at home if they are unwell.  If a child becomes ill during the school day we will inform parents/carers and request that arrangements are made for the child to be picked up.



For Acute Respiratory Illness please see the following document:
Ravenswood Illness Guidance - September 2022



Covid-19 testing in school

In certain circumstances we may offer a lateral flow test to a pupil.  Please see the video below which explains the testing process. 




Winter Vomiting Bug
Winter vomiting bug is a particularly nasty bug that causes diarrhoea and vomiting.  Also known as Norovirus, winter vomiting is a highly contagious stomach bug that is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.  A sudden feeling of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea are the main ‘Norovirus’ symptoms.  Some people might also have a high temperature, headaches and aching limbs.  The symptoms usually start one to two days after being infected with the vomiting bug, but they can start 12 hours after.  Anyone infected can pass on the winter vomiting bug with the smallest amount of contact.  Anyone with the winter vomiting bug should practice good hygiene by washing hands regularly and stay off school while the symptoms persist as well as for a further 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.  There's no specific treatment, but rest and drinking plenty of water are recommended.


Further information and guidance can be found at:




If parents/carers would like school staff to administer medication during the school day, they must complete a Medication Consent Form.  School staff are not allowed to give any child medicine without this written parental consent.  There is also a separate Inhaler Consent Form and a separate Adrenaline Auto Injector Consent Form that should be completed if parents/carers would like the school to administer these. 


Any medication sent into school must be in the original bottle or package and if it is a prescribed medication must have the label from the pharmacist clearly visible.  All medications must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and their date of birth.  They must be signed in at reception by an adult.  We will store the medication safely, notify you if we need replacement stocks and will return any medication that is out of date.  We will also return all medications on the last day of term before the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.




We inform parents/carers of all accidents to their child at school. Mostly these are minor bumps and grazes and you will be informed by an accident report being sent home with your child. If it is a more serious accident, requiring emergency treatment, we will contact parents/carers as soon as possible. Parents/carers may be asked to collect and take their child for a GP or hospital check-up. If it was a serious accident requiring an urgent check up at Accident and Emergency and parents/ carers are unable to accompany their child, a member of staff would attend with the child and meet parents/carers at the hospital.



Contact numbers

Parents/carers are asked to provide contact telephone numbers of who we should contact during the school day.  We also need to know who we should contact if we are unable to contact parents/carers.