If your child is unwell and will not be coming in to school, you will need to contact us to advise that your child will not be attending each day they are absent. We have a dedicated answerphone to take absence messages, so you can contact the school at any time of the day or night, and leave a message. We would request that you contact us by 9am on the day of absence.
If your child is unwell whilst at school or we have any health concerns, we will contact you to come and collect them.
For guidance, the recommendation from 'Public Health England' are:-
Vomiting and/or diarrhoea - children should be kept off school for 48 hours following an incidence of vomiting or diarrhoea.
Chickenpox - children should be kept off school until all vesicles (blisters) have crusted over.
Impetigo - children should be kept off school until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotics.
Head Lice - Treatment is recommended where live lice have been seen. Once the hair has been treated, they can return to school.
GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS
When your child is unwell, it is often difficult to know what you need to do and whether they should be in school.
With this in mind a number of health professionals (including GPs and NHS specialists) have collaborated to produce a website for parents called Healthier Together .
The section worried your child is unwell gives up to date medical advice on symptoms and how to look after your child should they become unwell as well as where to go should you need to access services.
There is a section to guide parents when their child is unwell and clarify 'is a child is OK to go to school' and when they should return after illness.
They have also produced a useful leaflet for parents (below) giving an overview of the more common illnesses, describing the symptoms, what to do and an at a glance 'traffic light' system to guide parents as whether their child should be in school.
There are also paper copies available from the school office.
(All the items in red italics will link directly to the relevant section of the Healthier Together website.)