If children are unwell, they should not be sent to school. Children who are at school when they are not fully fit are miserable, unable to concentrate and consequently the work they do is of little benefit. It is much better for children to have a few days off school and return when they are fully fit and able to learn.

If your child has been vomiting or has diarrhoea, they must not return to school before 48 hours after the last bout.

Should your child be absent from school due to illness or will be absent from school for some other reason please inform the school, either in writing or by telephone. If you wish to telephone please try to ring before 9.00 a.m – if there is no one available to take your call, you are able to leave a message on the school’s voicemail.

If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will endeavour to contact you. We ask you to provide emergency telephone numbers so that you or a relative or friend can be contacted should the need arise. Please inform the school immediately should your emergency contact numbers change.

If your child has been prescribed medicine by the doctor and has not finished it by the time of returning to school, members of staff cannot be responsible for the administration of that medicine.

As most medication is given 8 or 12 hourly then the taking of medication in school should not be necessary. In the case of 6 hourly antibiotics, generally any pupil still taking such is not well enough to be in school.

Parents should administer medicines themselves and should be readily contactable in case the child should suddenly become unwell.

Prescribed or other tablets must not be brought or sent to school. Cough ‘sweets’ and throat lozenges will be permitted but will again require a written parental request.