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My child is ill - can they attend school?

Should I keep my child off school?


Good health of our whole school community is a high priority for everyone to take into consideration when sending your child to school especially after a school holiday.  There are still lots of childhood diseases and nasty bugs such as  colds and flu that impact families.


With this in mind we are strongly advising that if your child has had any of the following symptoms in the last  few days that you follow our 48 hour rule - 


  • high fever/temperature
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting (sick)

Children who have had these symptoms should not return to school until 48 hours after they last had diarrhea or vomited. Children with a high fever or temperature should be kept at home and given children's paracetamol (ie Calpol) until they are well enough to return to school. 


It is very important to follow these simple instructions so that we can prevent the spread of germs and hopefully keep more of our staff, our children and their families healthy.


As much as we want to encourage good attendance, it is also very important that children stay at home when they are unwell, they need their parents/carers more at such times.


In school we will be making sure that children are washing their hands more frequently and using hand sanitisers (child and allergy friendly) as they enter school, as they move around within school, and especially after using the toilet, coughing and sneezing, before and after lunch and as they leave school at the end of the day.


If your child becomes unwell whilst at school, we may need to contact you to come and collect them as soon as possible. Therefore it is essential that we have the correct contact details (telephone number, email address and home address) for you and anyone else you may send to collect your child. Please email with any updates.


Please see below some information on common childhood diseases which gives more information and tells you what to do, and whether or not child should attend school and when to seek medical advice.


If you are worried for your child’s health at any time, and especially if they have a high fever please call the NHS 111 service and ask for advice.