Health & Illness
From time to time, children become ill and this can not be helped. As much as we want EVERY child to have full attendance, we also want them to be fit and well for school, not just for themselves but to avoid spreading any infectious bugs or illnesses.
We believe that applying a common sense approach is the most sensible thing to do when deciding if your child is too sick/ill for school.
If your child is ill with sickness and/or diarrhoea, has a temperature, isn’t eating or drinking properly and is generally not themselves, then your child should remain off school for at least 48 hours and/or until they are fit and well enough to return.
However, we understand that children can inadvertently make themselves ‘sick’ through too much sugar, over excitement or nerves and then within 5 minutes, they are right as rain. This is unlikely to be caused by a sickness bug and we ask you to apply a common sense approach but to inform school of the situation and to seek our advice.
For further advice about symptoms, illnesses or bugs, contact your own GP or visit the NHS website at:
Alternatively, please click on the link below to take you to the DfE website, which provides clear guidance as to how long children should be off school for different illnesses.
Chapter 9: managing specific infectious diseases - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
What to do if my child is ill
- Contact school before 9am on the first day to notify of the absence and giving a reason.
- School will contact parents if no correspondence has been received and the child is absent from school.
- When your child is fit and well to return to school,
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU SEND IN A SIGNED NOTE/LETTER EXPLAINING THEIR ABSENCE. This is required for proof of absence.