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When should I keep my child off school?

When should I keep my child off school? 

For most cases, the general rule is, a child should be absent if they have vomited, have diarrhoea or a high temperature. Please see below for details of the most common ailments and illnesses. 

 

Coughs and colds 

Children can go to school. Children can be given paracetamol and ibuprofen before school. They should be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids.

 

Croup

Keep your child off school if they have a temperature. Children should return to school once their temperature is normal. A lingering cough is no reason to keep them at home. 

 

Headache, earache and stomach ache 

Children with headache, earache or stomach ache can go to school - just let the staff know they have felt unwell. Children can be given paracetamol before school. They should be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids.

 

Sore throat, tonsillitis and glandular fever

Children can go to school. Children can be given paracetamol before school if unwell or in pain. They should be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids.

 

High Temperature

Keep your child off school until their fever goes away.

 

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

In most cases, children can return to school 2 days after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. - Children should be in school with stomach ache. (see above). 

 

Head lice

Children can go to school with head lice but they must be treated for the condition to prevent further spreading. Please inform the office. 

 

Threadworm

Children can go to school when they have started their treatment. Everyone at home should be treated. Please inform the office. 

 

Chicken Pox

The usual exclusion period is 5 days, however, all lesions should be crusted over before children return to nursery or school.

 

Conjunctivitis 

Children can go to school. Treatment should be sought from a pharmacist or doctor. 

School absence policy and medical protocols

 

For further information on the schools absence policy and details of medication in school, please see the links below. 

Further Information 

The links below offer further advice on the above ailments and more. 

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