We have many queries on how long children should be off school after an illness. Below are guidelines we are required to follow on some of the common illnesses. Also, many parents approach Mrs Meale for her advice about how to identify common illnesses and so we have included some photos below to help parents with their identification. Obviously, this is only for guidance purposes and professional medical advice should always be sought.
|Sickness & Diarrhoea||Child should be kept off school for 48 hours from the last occurrence of sickness or diarrhoea.|
|Conjunctivitis||Child can return to school once treatment has started and there is no stickiness on the eyes.|
|Chickenpox||Child can return when the last spot has dried up|
|High Temperature||Do not send your child in with a high fever even after administering medication.|
|Headlice||Please ensure your child has been treated and has no live lice.|
|Impetigo||Child can return to school 48 hours after treatment and when there is no weeping.|
To prevent any interruption to your child's education it is better to make medical/dentist appointments for after school or during the holidays but we fully understand that there are times when this is not always a possibility.
If you need to collect your child early from school for any medical appointments, please provide proof of their appointment (appointment card or letter) to enable us to authorise this correctly on your child’s attendance records. However it is important that, where possible, your child attends school before and after their appointment.
Please note that unless you have exceptional circumstances, and we have a copy of your child’s appointment, we are unable to authorise a whole day for medical appointments.
Click on the image below for the NHS Childhood Illness webpage which includes a gallery of images of common childhood illnesses.