Often, as a parent, it is difficult to decide if your child is too unwell to attend school with a contagious illness or bug or if they would actually do just as well to get up and get on with their day.  Quite frequently, we find that once a child is in school they are remarkably resilient and cope very well with the day ahead because it's a marvellous distraction from a sore throat or tiredness to learn and play with friends.  

However, there are circumstances when it is best for the child and the community for a poorly child to stay away from school for a period of time until they are fully-recovered. 

In order to help you make that decision, Hampshire County Council have released the following documentation to identify some of the key illnesses/infections suffered by children and the best course of action for a parent to take.  Please use this as a guide when making the decision for your child. 

Should my Child go to School?

If your child is going to be absent from school, it is important that you telephone the school and inform us on the day of illness that your child is absent and why.  If they will be absent for a few days in a row and you know this, you are welcome to phone up on the first day to excuse your child for a set period.  

Please note that without this communication from parents, a child's record will read 'unauthorised absence' in the school registers. 

The expectation that absence continues for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea also extends to staff and visitors.  


Should your child require any medication throughout the school day, whether this is a regular inhaler or a course of antibiotics, it is essential that you complete the following form and return it to the school office, not the Class Teacher.

Administration of Medication Form

The school also follows clear guidance on supporting any children who have on-going medical conditions.  To see information about the procedures followed, please look at the following policy.

Supporting Children with Medical Conditions