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You should make every effort to get your child to school, even with a minor illness.

We will always contact you if your child’s health deteriorates.

Please make sure we have at least 2 up-to-date contact numbers for you – we need to be able to call you in an emergency.

If your child is unwell enough to be absent from school, you must phone on 01843 220949 by 9.00 am on each and every day of absence.


Is my child too ill for school?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell.

But there are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.

If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone the school or nursery on the first day.

Let them know that they won't be in and give them the reason.

If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, let their teacher know.

Coughs and colds

It's fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or cold. But if they have a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes.

Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.

Head lice (nits)

There's no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice. See how to get rid of them here:

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school for 2 days after their symptoms have gone. Find out more here:

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