Attendance and Illness
White Cliffs Primary School believes that in order to facilitate teaching and learning, good attendance is essential. Pupils cannot achieve their full potential if they do not regularly attend school.
We are committed to:
•Ensuring parents follow the framework set in section 7 of theEducation Act 1996, which states that: “The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full-time education suitable –(a) to age, ability and aptitude, and(b) to any special educational needs he/she may haveEither by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”
•Promoting and modelling good attendance behaviour.
•Ensuring equality and fairness of treatment for all.
•Implementing our policies in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
•Early intervention and working with other agencies to ensure the health and safety of our pupils.
•Rewarding regular attendance.
It is expected that parents/carers contact school on EACH DAY of absence to inform us of the reason/update us. If we do not hear by 9:30am, as part of our Safeguarding proceedures, we will contact you for a reason.
Information taken from Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (www.nhs.uk) - updated April 2021
It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they're unwell.
If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone the school Office or the nursery on the first day. Let them know that your child won't be in and give them the reason.
If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, let their teacher know.
Keep your child off school if they have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste
Stay at home and get a test for your child.
Follow this advice if your child does not have coronavirus symptoms or they had a test and it was negative (they do not have coronavirus).
Coughs and colds
Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.
If your child has a high temperature, keep them off school until it goes away.
If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all the spots have crusted over.
This is usually about 5 days after the spots first appeared.
There's no need to keep your child off school if they have a cold sore.
Encourage them not to touch the blister or kiss anyone while they have the cold sore, or to share things like cups and towels.
You don't need to keep your child away from school if they have conjunctivitis once they have began treatment.
Do get advice from your pharmacist. Encourage your child not to rub their eyes and to wash their hands regularly.
If your child has an ear infection and a high temperature or severe earache, keep them off school until they're feeling better or their high temperature goes away.
Hand, foot and mouth disease
If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease but seems well enough to go to school, there's no need to keep them off.
Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues straight away and to wash their hands regularly.
Head lice and nits
There's no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.
You can treat head lice and nits without seeing a GP.
If your child has impetigo, they'll need treatment from a GP, often with antibiotics.
Keep them off school until all the sores have crusted over and healed, or for 48 hours after they start antibiotic treatment.
Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and not to share things like towels and cups with other children at school.
If your child has ringworm, see your pharmacist unless it's on their scalp, in which case you should see a GP.
It's fine for your child to go to school once they have started treatment.
If your child has scarlet fever, they'll need treatment with antibiotics from a GP. Otherwise they'll be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks.
Your child can go back to school 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
Slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease)
You don't need to keep your child off school if they have slapped cheek syndrome, because once the rash appears, they're no longer infectious.
If you suspect your child has slapped cheek syndrome, take them to see a GP and let their school know if they're diagnosed with it.
You can still send your child to school if they have a sore throat. But if they also have a high temperature, they should stay at home until it goes away.
A sore throat and a high temperature can be symptoms of tonsillitis.
You don't need to keep your child off school if they have threadworms.
Speak to your pharmacist, who can recommend a treatment.
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school for 2 days after their symptoms have gone.