Pupil Illness Procedure
This page outlines the procedures to be followed by parents and staff in the event of a child’s illness.
• To ensure that children receive adequate care when they are ill;
• To prevent the spread of illness and infection to other children and school staff;
• To protect vulnerable children whose immunity may be compromised due to illness or medical treatment;
• To minimise time spent away from school in order for the child to reap the benefits of a full education.
Procedure for notification of absence
Parents must notify the school office on the day their child is expected to be absent by 8.30am. They will be required to give the reason for, and likely duration of, the absence.
If parents do not inform the School of their child’s absence, the school office will contact the parents in order to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing child. If no contact is made, then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
Whether or not you decide to send your child to school will depend on how severe you judge the illness to be.
When deciding if your child is well enough to attend school, you may wish to consider the following points:
• Is your child well enough to cope with the normal school routine?
• Is it a condition that can be passed on to other children or staff?
• Would you take a day off work if you had this condition?
The following list contains some relatively common conditions along with brief guidance for consideration:
• Cough/cold- a child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a fever or drowsiness, then the child should stay home and return to school after 24 hours or when they are feeling better. If your child has a more severe or long-lasting cough, your GP can provide guidance on when to return to school;
• Sore throat- a child with a sore throat can attend school. If your child feels unwell with it or has a raised temperature, then they should stay at home;
• Diarrhoea and Vomiting- children must remain at home for 48 hours after the last episode has occurred and all symptoms have resolved;
• Rash- a rash is often the first sign of an infectious illness. Any child with a rash of unknown origin should see their GP before returning to school;
• Raised temperature- if your child has a raised temperature and feels unwell or has signs of an acute illness, they should remain at home until they are feeling better;
• Headache- a child with a minor headache can attend school. If the headache is severe or is accompanied by other symptoms such as a raised temperature, then they should remain at home and the GP should be consulted if necessary.
Procedure for child falling ill at school
Children who fall ill during the school day, to the extent that they are unable to participate fully or concentrate on normal school activities, will be sent home.
Any child who is ill will be cared for in a quiet area away from other children, where they will be able to rest until their parent/carer is able to collect them.
If an infectious illness is suspected, we will ask the parent to consult a doctor before their child returns to school. Parents are advised that if an infectious condition is confirmed, the School will adhere to exclusion guidelines as set out in the document entitled ‘Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings’, published by Public Health England. Hard copies of this document are available to read in the Senior and Junior department offices and the Nursery. To view this information online, please click here.
Physical Education lessons (P.E/Games/Swimming)
Physical Education forms an essential part of the curriculum and all children are expected to take part.
The School accepts that, on occasion, it may be necessary for a child to be excused from these lessons on account of injury or recent illness. If a child is unable to participate in Physical Education lessons, then a written note or email or verbal instruction from the parent explaining why their child cannot take part will be required.
If a child is unable to participate in these lessons for an extended period of time (i.e. longer than a week), the School may request that a written note from the child’s GP or other medical professional is supplied, explaining the reasons for exclusion.
• The immunisation status of all children will be checked at school entry;
• Parents must seek advice from the child’s GP or health visitor regarding missing or incomplete immunisations;
• Up to date information regarding the national immunisation schedule can be found on the NHS Choices website.