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Attendance Matters

Is your child well enough to attend school? 

We know it can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell. 

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 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.

What does the research say about poor attendance and pupil achievement? 

If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone us on the first day of absence by 8.45am. Let us know that your child won't be in and give the reason.

If your child is well enough to come to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let us know with a quick phone call or email. 

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.  Is my child too ill for school (NHS)   

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