My child is sick - should they come into school?

It is very important (and in fact a legal requirement) that all children attend school and their whereabouts checked and assured by the school on a daily basis. 

As stated by the Chief Medical Officer (September 2023): 

There is wide agreement among health professionals and educational professionals that school attendance is vital to the life chances of children and young people. Being in school improves health, wellbeing and socialisation throughout the life course. The greatest benefits come from children and young people attending school regularly.

It is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild respiratory illnesses. This would include general cold symptoms: a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. However, children should not be sent to school if they have a temperature of 38°C or above. 

All children become poorly from time to time, and it can be difficult to know whether they should be sent into school.

The link below from the NHS is designed to help you make the right decision at the right time.

Is my child too ill for school? - NHS ( 

If you decide your child is too poorly  to come to school then it is vital that you phone the school office and inform us by no later than 9am on the school day that they are going to be absent. 



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