Minor sickness and school attendance
If your child is unwell on a school day, please always contact the school in the morning to let staff know.
You may find this information on the NHS website helpful: Is my child too ill for school
If your child is absent from school for three or more days, or is often absent for short spells, the school staff may ask you to present a doctor’s note to verify the reason for the absence. A letter from a parent is needed when;
- A child has any condition requiring hospital or surgical care;
- The child returns to school with a cast or stitches;
- The child needs restricted PE lessons or playtime activities for more than three consecutive days.
In cases of concern, staff or parents can ask for the advice of the school nurse. Please don't keep your child at home 'just in case' when he or she could be learning in class. If you are unsure, check the guidance below or ask a member of school staff or your doctor for advice.
Is my child well enough?
If your child looks or feels shivery or is unusually hot or cold, he or she may have a high temperature. There may be various reasons for this. A child with a high temperature should not be in school. However, after feeling and looking better for 24 hours, a child should be able to return to school.
Cold and cough
A slight cold and a cough do not disable a child from attending school. However children with heavy colds or persistent coughs should stay at home. A child whose cough is disappearing and who is feeling better should return to school.
A child with a slight sore throat and no other symptoms is fit to go to school. A sore throat with a high temperature is an indication that the child should stay at home.
Please do not send a child to school with an unexplained rash or skin eruption until you have consulted your doctor to attend school. The rash or spots may cover the entire body or appear in only one area.
Minor aches and pains
A child with persistent toothache should see a dentist without delay and one with earache should see a doctor without delay. A child whose only complaint is a minor headache does not usually need to be kept at home.
Vomiting and diarrhoea
If vomiting occurs, your child should stay at home for 48 hours and until they can keep food down. A child with diarrhoea should also be kept at home for 48 hours. Consult your doctor if your child does not improve as you would expect.