Is it legal that a school can ask to see a child's prescription or a doctors note to back up a parents claim that the child was off school sick? Surely this is an infringement of privacy regarding medical records?
Um I would think its a good thing for them to ask- particularly in the light of the recent case of child abuse where the mum told school he had an eating disorder and not to feed him, so he starved to death.
Also it is now relevant as the new rules have come in about taking children out of school during term time, I'm guessing any medical absence will be questioned and proof asked for.
Is there a particular reason you don't want to share the information with the school?
No - my kids have good attendance. It's just I thought medical records were a private matter. Also it could mean delaying getting medicines for a child as the prescription is needed to show to the school first. Eg if medicine is prescribed on a Friday but the prescription is needed to show the school on the Monday.
Surely you can self-certify if the absence is under 7 days? What if the child is ill but doesn't need to see a doctor? My DS has been off school twice this term with vomitting but hasn't seen the GP for years.
That is definitely an invasion of privacy, and absolutely absurd to need a doctor's note. I don't rush off to the doctor every ime my kids are ill. What a terrible waste of time and resources that would be!
The doctors note alternative costs £30!!! I do not wish to show my child's medicine or prescription. Why should I be made to prove I'm not a liar? If I say my child is off sick my word ought to be enough. If the school believes I'm lying then they should inform the education officer and social services surely? I just think informing all parents that this is the new system and expect the parents to comply is a step to far. As I said my children have good attendance but I do know from experience children have bad colds - or tummy bugs etc and do not need a doctor let alone a prescription on the majority of cases - so the thought of having to take my child to an nhs doctor and pay him £30 for a note in order to prove I'm not lying about my child's school absence seems to me a massive waste of time and resources. £30 is half my weekly shopping bill for my family of 6 to put this into perspective for the person who suggests I take the "dr note" alternative "offered". Surely I have the right to say "no"?
It is possible that your children's school has something of an attendance problem. Rather than offend some parents who would kick up a fuss at being singled out and asked for proof of their child's "illness" while others are believed, the school has perhaps chosen to apply "the same rule for all".
If you don't want to appear terrifically snotty perish the thought I would "suck it up".
If there was evidence, such as copy of a prescription or labelled bottle, that was not too onerous to provide, I would supply it at the earliest, convenient opportunity (ie probably when they return to school).
I would keep the school informed by telephone. I would send a written note confirming their abscence due to illness, and that no doctors note was supplied because a) it was not necessary for them to see a doctor or b) it was not possible for me to incur the expense of a private medical note, but they saw a doctor on such a date and advice was given to stay of school for x days etc
They have to report any families they have concerns about to SS, I doubt in the case of a family with a good attendance record this approach would cause sufficient concern. Repeated absences due to illnesses not supported by evidence, OTOH, may well.
I'm not clear if you've already been asked to produce any evidence, if not yet then tbh it sounds like you're looking for problems and for something to complain about.
If/when it actually happens the school will have more experience of the new rules and will no doubt have found a workable solution. These new rules will take some getting used to and it's hardly likely that parents will all be forced to visit GPs and pay for sick notes for every cold and bug going round.
Ah! Didnt realise there was a fee for the dr note. Ive never had one.
Slight tangent but how the hell have we got to a point where schools are holding parents to ransom over 'proof' of minor illnesses? This is bloody ridiculous. Yes i get that so e parents are crap at getting their dcs to school but the vast majority of people want their dcs in school and dont want to have to take days off work to have a pretend sick child at home. This is bollocks that schools are now expecting this level of proof. If there is a concern then inform the relevant agency dont have parents stressing over finding money to pay unnecessary sick notes and clogging up precious gp time!