Mrs Wilson is the school Matron, if you wish to discuss any health issues or concerns regarding your son she can be contacted on 01923 208900 Ext 206.
Matron cannot administer medication to students unless it is provided by a parent/guardian in the original package with a letter giving written permission for her to do so. Parents will be contacted, unless specific arrangements are made for an individual boy. All medication given into school is stored in the medical room or the New Field upon request.
Non-prescription medication should not be brought into school by students.
Prescription Medication should only be brought into school if it is essential that the dose must be administered during the school day. At the start of school the student should hand the medication to Matron who will consult with the parent / carer before administration.
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT KEEP OR ISSUE ANY MEDICINE FOR PAIN RELIEF UNLESS PREVIOUSLY ARRANGED AND PROVIDED BY PARENTS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.
Please avoid making dentist, optician, doctor or hospital appointments during school hours if possible. Appointment cards/letters must be provided beforehand if the appointment is during school hours and students must sign in/out at the school office. Please also make sure that your son is aware of the appointment (make a note/reminder in his planner if necessary). It is not possible for office staff to look for your son to remind him of his appointment.
Students in Years 7 to 11 MUST be collected by an adult. Please note that we do not permit any student from Years 7 to 11 to leave the school premises alone and appointments will be missed if no one arrives at school to collect the student.
Boys with asthma should carry their own inhalers with them at all times; Matron will only keep a spare inhaler for a student if specifically requested by parents. The school also has an emergency asthma inhaler.
If your son is prescribed an Epipen he should carry one in his bag and give a second one to Matron (clearly named). A passport-size photograph is also requested for boys with an Epipen.
Ongoing Medical Conditions
Students who are unable to attend school due to complex or ongoing medical conditions will have access to educational provision, in line with Government and Local Authority guidance and policies. These are explained in the statutory guidance for Local Authorities, which can be viewed here.
In such circumstances, the school will liaise directly with Health professionals to ensure appropriate educational provision will be accessible in line with the student's individual health requirements.
Parents must provide all medication for their child, for example Epipens, antihistamines and asthma inhalers for any day or residential trips. Emergency school asthma inhalers will not be sent on trips.
Medical Room - What happens if your son feels unwell?
There is a medical room available for the boys to receive treatment for injuries sustained in school and report to if they are feeling unwell. If your son feels too unwell to continue with his lessons, having been seen first by Matron, a parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to collect him. Students are not allowed to contact their parents by phone to collect them, they should always see Matron first who will then contact parents if required.
Please ensure that we have your current and up-to-date contact details and Matron and the office staff are made aware of any alternative contacts for your son.
No boy is allowed to leave school if they are unwell or injured unless Matron has spoken to a parent/guardian first. He must then be collected by a parent or delegated relative /carer and signed out in the main reception.
If your son is unwell and cannot attend school, you must contact the school reception as soon as possible to inform us that he will not be able to attend. On the day he returns to school, he must bring in a letter to his Form Tutor explaining the reason for his absence.
ANY BOY THAT HAS BEEN VOMITING AND/OR HAS DIARRHOEA MUST BE FREE FROM THIS FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL.
Immunisation for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Meningitis ACWY takes place when your son is in Year 10 and the HPV Immunisation is also offered to Year 8 students. Information will be sent home in advance of the immunisations taking place. If the Health Authority proposes other immunisations, parents will be notified in the same way.
There is a confidential service provided by School Health Nurses which is an NHS support agency. If any boy requests this service appointments are made via Matron.
If any child hits their head at school for whatever reason, parents or carers will be informed and reminded about possible symptoms, as listed below:
- Headache / Visual Disturbance
- Dizziness /Confusion
- Vomiting / Loss of balance
- Loss of consciousness
WBGS RUGBY CONCUSSION PROTOCOL
No player to return to full match play until minimum of 23 days out from date of concussion
Players must rest for 14 days (No Physical activity!)
Following 14 days of rest (Stage 1) players can begin RFU Graduated Return To Play (GRTP) at stage 2 – picture below
The next stage cannot be undertaken until 48 hours of the previous stage being completed
Upon completion of GRTP, after seeking medical advice from a professional to confirm there is no presence of further concussion symptoms and confirmation from a Parent/ Guardian, the player can return to play.
The only circumstance by which this protocol will not be followed after a suspected concussion is if the player provides the school with a letter from a medical professional to state the player did not suffer a concussion at the time of the incident
Responsibility of seeking medical advice and completing GRTP is down to the player and their parent/ guardian
In accordance with RFU Guidelines, no player will return to play until a Watford Grammar School Coach/ Teacher has received confirmation (written or verbal) from a parent/guardian to say that the player has successfully followed GRTP and has been cleared to play by a medical professional.