Is my child too ill for school?
Please do not send a child who is unwell to school, as germs spread very fast. If a child becomes unwell during the day we shall contact the parent as soon as possible.
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school.
These simple guidelines should help (info source NHS Choices):
Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
- Does my child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
- Would I take a day off work if I had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.
Common Conditions - info source below from NHS Choices:
If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. Use this guidance to help you make that judgement.
Remember: if you're concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
- Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should definitely be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.
- Cough and cold. A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school. Get more information in Common cold.
- Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn't attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better. Learn more in Feverish illness in children.
- Rash. Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn't attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school. Watch this slideshow of childhood illnesses to help you recognise your child's rash.
- Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn't usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP. Read more about what to do about headaches in children.
- Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home. Read more about sore throat.
- Chickenpox. If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all their spots have crusted over. Read more about chickenpox.
The NHS Choices website has more information about Child Health for children aged 6-15.
Medication in School
The school policy for Medical Needs can be obtained from the office. It explains that if a child needs medication during the school day that it is administered by a parent/guardian personally. Where children need regular medicine, such as for Asthma, or emergency medication for allergies, the school will need to know this information. In KS1 Asthma medication is kept by the class teacher and in KS2 they can be kept by the child or the teacher. Individual Health Care Plans are put in place for children with complex needs.
In case of illness or accident parents/carers are asked to supply home, mobile and emergency contact numbers. It is also necessary to know which doctor your child is registered with. In certain cases of accidental injury an immediate approach to the doctor may be made, though parent/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible.
In an effort to keep the incidents of head lice down, it is the school’s policy that if live head lice are seen on a child’s head we ask that the child be removed immediately. Children can be returned to school as soon as they have received treatment.
NHS Choices Headlice Treatment information