Sickness and Absences
Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:
- continuous cough
- high temperature, fever or chills
- loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
- muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
- not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
- headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
- sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
What do I do if my child has a positive covid test result? - If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, for example if the test was taken on a Sunday, the child can return to school on the Thursday. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. If your child has a positive test result, please continue to inform us.
If your child is ill please phone the school before 9.30 on the first day of absence and leave a message on the absence answerphone. If you have not done so, we will contact you to confirm the welfare and whereabouts of your child. A written note is not required on your child’s return to school if you have informed us of the absence by phone.
If your child has been off with sickness or diarrhoea, they will need to remain off for 48 hours to ensure that the virus has cleared completely.
The guide below produced by the NHS is very useful to see when and for how long your child should be off school with many common childhood illnesses.
Administration of Medicines
The School is able to administer prescribed medicine. Non-prescribed medicine will only be accepted for an ongoing condition. Prior written permission is required before any medication can be given and forms are available in classes and the school office.
Updating emergency contact numbers
It is very important that any changes of telephone and mobile number for all contacts are given to the office as soon as they change. It is vital that we are able to reach you in an emergency situation or if your child is unwell. We need more than one contact name in case we are unable to reach you.
Arranged absences: Please arrange dental/medical appointments for outside the school day wherever possible. When an appointment has to be during the day, please inform the class teacher and provide a copy of the appointment letter.
Other absences may be approved in exceptional circumstances e.g. funerals. Absences for holiday are unable to be approved. If you book a holiday in term time, this will be recorded as unauthorised and may result in a fine from the Local Authority.