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Illness and Medicines


Children should be kept at home if they are unwell as they will recover more quickly and avoid the spread of diseases further. Our staff are only trained to provide immediate first aid. If an emergency arises and it is necessary to send a child to hospital, we will make contact with you as soon as we can.

It is imperative that the school has the home telephone number for each child and also a contact number in case of emergency. Please keep your details up to date.

In accordance with Public Health England guidelines, the following list of some of the most communicable diseases and skin infections will give you an idea of how long affected children should be kept away from school. 


Recommended period to be kept away from school


Five days from onset of rash. All lesions should be crusted over before child returns to school.

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

48 hours after symptoms have stopped and the child is feeling

well enough to return to school.

German Measles (Rubella)

Five days from onset of rash.


Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment.


Four days from onset of rash.


Five days after onset of swelling.


Medicines should not be brought in to school unless absolutely necessary and must be handed into the school office where a ‘Parental Agreement for School to Administer Medicine’  form should be completed and signed. Alternatively, you can download this form hereThe member of staff administering the medication will complete a ‘Record of Medicines Administered’ form.

All medicines must be collected from the school office by a parent at the end of the day.

Children's inhalers are kept in the classrooms and are taken on all school trips.  Please make sure that inhalers are in date and are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We also request that an 'Asthma Plan' is completed and sent into school; these are available to download here.


Children's hair is no longer checked for head lice by the medical authorities and the school staff are not permitted to check children's hair.

Outbreaks occasionally occur and it is important that parents are vigilant in carrying out regular checks at home and we ask that you inform the school immediately if you do find head lice so that we can advise parents, and hopefully limit the spread of the problem.

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