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Amherst School

Amherst School

Health & Medication

PLEASE INFORM THE SCHOOL OFFICE OF THE REASON FOR YOUR CHILD's ABSENCE BEFORE 09.00am.  The online Daily Absence Form can be found in the Absence From School Section under Parents. 



Staff and children must only attend school if they are fit and well, and not showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.  

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Staff and children developing symptoms during the school day will be sent home and asked to arrange a PCR test.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test.  If the PCR test is positive, please inform the school.  NHS Test and Trace will manage the close contact tracing, and will advise anyone needing to self isolate.

Please report your child's absence in the normal manner.  In order to identify outbreaks, it is essential that the school is made aware of all children with COVID-19 symptoms, and is kept up to date during the testing process.  Your cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.



Our medical policy allows us to administer medicine prescribed by your child's doctor.

We are not able to administer over the counter medication.

All prescribed medication will be held in the office and administered at the agreed times.

Please complete the Administration of Medicine Form (in the BLUE menu) for prescribed medicines that needs to be administered during school times.



The Public Health Agency advise that children should be kept away from school for 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.