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Helping with Illnesses

When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If your child is not well enough to come to school, please let us know. Below are a few simple guidelines to help you to decide if you should send your child to school or keep them at home.

Coughs and Colds

If your child has a minor cough or a cold they may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, your 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.

Chickenpox

Children should remain at home until all sores have crusted over.

Cold sores

Child should not be kept off school and should attend as normal.

Conjunctivitis

Children should not be absent from school.

Earache

Children with earache should visit the GP and return to school on their advice.

Flu

Children should be kept off school until recovered.

German Measles

Children should be absent from school for four days from the onset of the 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 them off school and consult your GP.

Headlice

Treatment is required but children should not be kept off school.

Impetigo

Children should be absent from school until lesions are crusted or healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotics.

Measles

Children need to be absent from school four days from the onset of the rash.

Raised Temperature

Fever is a common symptom of viral infections, like flu. If your child's temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, they must stay at home. While at home, encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours (without medicine) before returning to school.

Rash

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.

Scabies

Children can return to school after their first treatment.

Scarlet fever

Children can return to school 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment.

Sore Throat

A sore throat alone is not a reason to keep your child off school. If it's accompanied by a raised temperature, then they should stay at home and you should consult your GP.

Tonsillitis

There are many causes of tonsillitis but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic. Children do not usually need time off school unless the symptoms include a raised temperature.

Diarrhoea or Vomiting

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. Please note that when a child is off school with a tummy bug you only need to phone the school once unless there is a further reason why your child is not returning to school after 48 hours.