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Is your child well enough to come to school?

We know it can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell. We are often asked to give advice but you are undoubtedly the expert on your own children.


There is wide agreement among health professionals and educational professionals that school attendance is very important. Being in school improves health, wellbeing and friendships. The greatest benefits come from children attending school regularly.


It is okay to send your child to school with mild respiratory illnesses. This includes general cold symptoms: a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. Children should not be sent to school if they have a temperature of 38°C or above.


If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone/email us on the first day of absence by 9am. Let us know that your child won't be in and give the reason.


NHS guidance says:

  • Coughs and colds

It's fine to send your child to school with a minor cough or common cold. But if they have a fever, keep them off school until the fever goes. Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.

  • High temperature

If your child has a high temperature, keep them off school until it goes away.

  • Other illnesses

Please check the NHS guidance.

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