What to do if your child is unwell
Should I Keep My Child Off School?
Our school is passionate about ensuring that pupils come to school and have excellent attendance. However, we also appreciate that sometimes children are not well enough to come to school. As a school, we are guided by health experts as to what is an appropriate time for a child to be off school with or following an illness.
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. These simple guidelines should help. Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
- Does my child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
- Do you or your child have symptoms of coronavirus (fever and continuous cough). If so, do not send them to school and follow advice.
- Would I take a day off work if I had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.
NHS Guidance - Is my child to ill for school?
Use this handy guide from the NHS listing common childhood illnesses to help you decide Is my child to ill for school?
If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions. Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. Use this guidance to help you make that judgement.
Remember: 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 a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, contact your GP for advice and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If you suspect that the cough may be a symptom of coronavirus (e.g. coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours), keep them off school and follow advice.
- Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn't attend school. If you suspect that the raised temperature may be a symptom of Covid-19, take advice immediately.
- Rash. Skin 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.
- 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 the child off school and consult your GP.
- Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should definitely be kept off school until 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.
- Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home and follow advice.
- Chickenpox. If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school for five days after the rash first appears.