A parent’s guide to managing sickness absence from school
Occasionally students are too unwell to attend school. We will monitor and engage with parents as soon as a pattern of absence becomes apparent.
When deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself:
- Is your child well enough to carry out the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home and consult your GP as appropriate
- Does your child have a contagious condition that could be passed on to other children or staff? If so, keep your child at home
- Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home
Most illnesses can be classified as one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether or not you send your child to school will depend on how severe you judge the illness to be. This guidance can help you to make that judgement. If you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
Cough and cold
A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they’re feeling better.
If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP, who can provide guidance on whether the child should stay off school.
If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn’t attend school. They can return 24 hours after they’re feeling better.
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.
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.
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.
A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school. If it’s accompanied by a raised temperature seek medical advice.
If your child is absent or going to be late for any reason please inform the school before 8.30am, if at all possible, so form tutors know of the reason for absence before the registration period. The attendance line number is 01727 731368 and can be found at the bottom of the school website and on page 28 of the student planner. Please put the number in your phone!
By law, only the head teacher can authorise your child’s absence. It is important to keep the school informed if your child is going to be absent as soon as possible at the start of the day.
If your child is frequently absent due to illness the school may request permission to contact your GP for confirmation that they are too ill to attend school.
If it becomes clear that your child will be away from school for longer than expected, phone the school to explain this as soon as possible.
If your child attends school and feels unwell during the school day the school will contact you to arrange collection.