Illness & Medical

It is important that you call the school if your child is absent or arriving late. Please report all absences to the Attendance Line at 403-777-8380 ext. 1.


If your child is ill, please keep them at home until they are well enough to participate in all school activities. If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact you and you will be expected to arrange for your child to be picked up as soon as possible.

Medical Release Forms

School personnel are not allowed to dispense any medication to a student without a completed medication release form in place. This includes common pain medication such as Tylenol. If your child requires medication at school, please complete the forms below and bring them to the office. If your child has ongoing medical concerns it is very important that the school be made aware so that we are prepared to assist your child in the case of an emergency. 

Student Health Plan and a Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form must be filled out and on file at the school. These forms are also available in the office. If you have any questions, please call 403-817-7888 or email


The staff of Richmond School is committed to the protection of the students we serve. Children may come into contact with triggers at any time, whether in or out of the classroom, during gym, recess, assembly or on field trips. The only reliable/consistent place for epinephrine is with the child. In order to ensure the timely administration of medication, it is imperative that if your child suffers from anaphylaxis, he/she carries an epi-pen on their body. A small backpack or fanny pack may accommodate this. Please ensure that the epipen has not expired. If you would like to leave a second dose at the office, please see Ms. Gocal or Mrs. Fullerton. 

Injuries at School

Should your child be injured at school the following procedures will be followed:

  • A school staff member will take action to ensure the safety of the student and administer minor first aid
  • The parent or guardian will be telephoned and appraised of the situation and asked, if necessary, to come to school, and advise us of their wishes regarding their child’s injury
  • If we are unable to contact the parent/guardian or emergency contact person, an administrator will decide if emergency treatment is necessary
  • If emergency treatment appears to be necessary, the child will be transported to a Hospital, at the parents’ / guardians’ expense. Parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible

Health Services

A Public Health Nurse (PHN) provides health Services to each school in the CBE. The PHN will work with teachers to provide health services and education to the school but are not on call to attend to medical emergencies or provide first aid unless by coincidence they happen to be on site at the time of the occurrence. If a child becomes ill or is injured during the school day, school staff with first aid certification are asked to provide first aid and assess the extent of the injury. Sometimes a band-aid, ice pack and/or a rest are sufficient supports to allow the student to return to class. If students are presenting with more serious illnesses or an ongoing expressed state of discomfort, parents will be called to make arrangements to pick up their child. In situations where there is any doubt at all about the extent of the illness or injury or parents cannot be notified, an ambulance will be called to transport the student to a medical facility immediately.

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