Some common rules about illness absences:
If your child is unwell on a school day, please always contact the school in the morning to let us know. When your child is fit enough to return to school, please bring / send a note explaining their absence for our records. (This is required by the RBWM Educational Welfare Officer)
Longer term absence
If your child is absent from school for 3 or more days, or is often absent for short spells, the school may ask you to present a doctor's note to verify the reason for absence. A letter from the parent/carer 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, school can ask for the advice of the school nurse, who may visit the child either in school or at home.
Is my child well enough to attend school?
If your child looks or feels shivery, unusually cold or hot, they may have a raised temperature. This may be due to a variety of reasons. If you child has a raised temperature, they should not be in school.
However, your child should be able to return to school 24 hours after they feel and look better.
Cold and Cough
A child may attend school with minor cold and cough.
However, children with bad or long-lasting coughs need to stay at home. When the cough is disappearing and the child is feeling better, they need to return to school.
A rash could be the first sign of one of childhood's many illnesses, such as chicken pox or measles. The rash or 'spots' may cover the entire body or just appear in only one area. Do not send a child to school with an unexplained rash or skin eruption until you have consulted your doctor.
Minor aches and pains
If your child has a persistent tooth or ear ache, they need to see a dentist or a doctor without delay.
A child whose only complaint is minor headache does not usually need to be kept at home.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea
If you think your child has meningitis, seek help from your doctor or hospital immediately.
If vomiting occurs, keep your child at home for 48 hours from last episode (do not send your child back any earlier please).
A child with diarrhoea should also be kept at home for 48 hours from last episode.
Consult your doctor if your child does not improve as you expect.
If your child complains of a slight sore throat and has no other symptoms, they are fit to go to school.
If the sore throat occurs with a raised temperature, they need to stay at home.
Good common sense
Use good common sense when deciding whether your child needs to stay at home. Work on the basis that sick children belong at home and well children belong in the classroom! Please remember that early morning aches often pass, so don't keep your child at home 'just in case' when they could be learning in class. If you are not sure, check the guidance on this page, which is based on a National Health leaflet. For further advice you could talk to a member of the school staff or your doctor .
Your contact details
Please make sure that the contact details the school has are current and up to date. It is important that we are able to make contact with you during the day if your child is not well enough to stay in school.
Our contact details:
School Office (answer phone out of hours) Tel: 01628 626958
Education Welfare Service Tel:
Other useful contact and information
NHS Direct (Available 24 hrs for you to find out more about illnesses, operations, tests and treatments)
Tel: 08454647 Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Website on Meningitis: www.meningitis.org